Special Events

November 4, 2014 - 4pm - The Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

THE 12th ANNUAL ARNOLD SCHEIBEL DISTINGUISHED POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN NEUROSCIENCE LECTURE

JASON STEIN, PhD, from the laboratory of DANIEL GESCHWIND, presents "Evaluating Human Neural Stem Cell Models using a Transcriptomic Rubric".
Hosted by Christopher Evans, Ph.D.

Abstract: Neural stem cells have been adopted to model a wide range of neuropsychiatric conditions in vitro. However, how well such models correspond to in vivo brain has not been evaluated in an unbiased, comprehensive manner. Our work using transcriptomic analyses has enabled comparison of in vitro systems to developing human fetal brain. Using our analysis methods, we observe strong conservation of in vivo gene expression and network architecture in differentiating primary human neural progenitor cells. Conserved modules are enriched in genes associated with autism, supporting the utility of these stem cells for studying neuropsychiatric disease. We also developed and validated a machine learning approach called CoNTExT that identifies the developmental maturity and regional identity of in vitro models. We observed strong differences between in vitro models, including hiPSC-derived neural progenitors from multiple laboratories. This work provides a systems biology framework for evaluating in vitro systems and supports their value in studying the molecular mechanisms of human neurodevelopmental disease.

December 2, 2014 - 1pm - 4pm - The Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

THE BRAIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S 26th ANNUAL NEUROSCIENCE POSTER SESSION 

The BRI Neuroscience Poster Session features research from all UCLA neuroscientists, including predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows and represents continuing efforts to educate investigators about state-of-the-art neuroscience research being conducted at UCLA. Over 175 posters will be presented, many of which will also be presented at the 44nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. BRI Neuroscience Poster Sessions are usually attended by well over 300 neuroscientists comprised of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members representing a multitude of departments on campus.  

December 2, 2014 - 4pm - 5pm - The Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

THE BRAIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S 26th ANNUAL NEUROSCIENCE POSTER SESSION DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

RACHEL WONG, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, presents
"Circuit Assembly, Disassembly and Reassembly in the Vertebrate Retina".

Hosted by Christopher Evans, Ph.D. 

Abstract: The synaptic connectivity patterns of vertebrate retinal neurons are highly stereotypic. Using a combination of transgenic methods, imaging techniques and electrophysiology, we are investigating the cellular interactions and strategies that underlie normal circuit assembly as well as circuit reassembly during retinal regeneration.
 

H.W. (Tid) Magoun Distinguished Lecture

Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture

Arnold Scheibel Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience Lecture

Eva Kavan Prize for Excellence in Neuroscience Research

 

BELOW: The 2013 Poster Session Lecture was presented by Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie. Over 300 people attended.

Chalfie's lecture