Sep 8, 2019

Dear colleagues,

We have been working behind-the-scenes to launch some exciting programs, including a UCI Brain Initiative launch event happening on Nov. 21, 2019. Please mark your calendars. The day will be focused on faculty discussions about team science, presentations by groups of UCI faculty and students, along with special keynote presentations. The evening will be open to the public for a fireside chat with UCI’s most distinguished and promising neuroscience faculty.

We will also have some very exciting announcements about our new UCI Brain pilot grants, the Dimensions portal (see below), and progress on building a campus-wide interdisciplinary neuroscience PhD program.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Ralph Greenspan, Associate Director for the Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind at UCSD, and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor of at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Interest Form

New Team Science Development Tool

UCI Brain has contracted with Dimensions for UCI’s neuroscience faculty teams to have premium access to this comprehensive data platform with features including the ability to cross-access research publications, awarded grants, patents, clinical trials, and policy documents. This tool has helped researchers transcend traditional academic silos by organizing data by concepts and allowing researchers with similar interests to discover each other regardless of field.
More exciting news about this portal will be announced at the UCI Brain Launch event in November. If you would like to participate in the early stages of development, please contact Diana Lofflin at Find out more about Dimensions by visiting

You can also watch this short video to find out how Dimensions can support your research goals.

Upcoming Events

UCI Brain will send out a monthly digest of upcoming brain-related events hosted by units from across campus. Check out the complete event calendar and submit your event.

Michael Scofield, Ph.D.

Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience

September 17, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Scofield is interested in the cellular substrates of drug addiction with a focus on the molecular underpinnings of relapse vulnerability. To date, studies in his laboratory have been focused on the corticostriatal pathway, heavily implicated in drug seeking and relapse. One unique aspect of their group is that the studies performed in the lab are designed to isolate and measure aspects of both neuronal and non-neuronal cells in order to gain a better understanding of how the interaction of both cell types contributes to the plasticity linked to addiction. learn More

Adam Kepecs, Ph.D.

Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience

September 24, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Kepecs’ lab studies the neurobiological principles underlying cognition and decision-making. Using state-of-the-art technologies, his team interrogates neural circuits in rodents as they perform a task, validating their findings with analogous tasks in humans. The Kepecs’ lab hopes to define the neural circuits underlying decisions that will inform the development of new therapies for psychiatric diseases. learn More

ASK THE DOC: Malcolm Dick, Ph.D.

Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders

October 4, 2019
9:00 am – 10:00 am

ASK THE DOC: Alzheimer’s Research Today is an informative Facebook Live video series focused on the most pressing questions and latest research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by a panel of experts from UCI MIND, this series is scheduled for the first Friday of each month from 9:00-9:30AM PST at @UCIrvineMIND on Facebook.

For more information on this series and to learn how you can help UCI MIND fight Alzheimer’s disease, please visit
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Michael A. Yassa Ph.D.
Director, UCI Brain Initiative

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