UCI Brain Circuit | Monthly E-newsletter

UCI Brain sends 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.

Upcoming Scientific Events

Shreesh P. Mysore, Ph.D.

Department of Cognitive Sciences

November 6, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Despite the rich literature on the consequences of selective attention to behavior and to neural responses, as well as a wealth of models of competitive selection, little is known about the circuit mechanisms by which the brain actually selects the highest priority stimulus as the next target of spatial attention. Following a first principles approach that breaks down selection into computational primitives, and with experiments in the barn owl midbrain selection network, Dr. Mysore and team recently discovered neural circuit mechanisms for categorical (robust-to-noise) selection as well as location-invariant selection (selection at all possible pairs of locations). Learn More

Davide Dulcis, Ph.D.

Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience

November 7, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Dulcis is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. He is a faculty member of the Neurosciences graduate program and the Center for Circadian Biology at UCSD. He received his B.S. from University of Cagliari  (Italy) double majoring in Physiology and Biology. While earning his Ph.D. from University of Arizona in Neuroscience, he illustrated the role of neurotransmitters in cardiac function of neurogenic invertebrate hearts. During his post-doctoral training in Neurobiology at UCSD, he discovered that neurotransmitters can be respecified by sensory stimuli, with matching respecification of postsynaptic receptor expression and associated changes in behavior. Learn More

Robert Hunt, Ph.D.

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

November 12, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Interneurons and the control of memory precision
Inhibitory interneurons govern the sparse activation of principal cells that permits appropriate behaviors, and they are activated during specific memory processes. Dr. Hunt’s recent work has demonstrated important roles for interneurons in disorders of brain development and injury. These studies have motivated ongoing efforts to understand how these cells operate at the synaptic, circuit and behavioral levels and in designing new technologies targeting specific populations of interneurons for therapy. Dr. Hunt will discuss recent efforts examining the role of interneurons in memory disorders and in designing cell-based therapies that enable precise manipulation of inhibitory circuits in the brain. Learn More

Francesco Battaglia, Ph.D.

Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

November 14, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cortico-hippocampal interactions for memory
Francesco Battaglia, PhD, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen
Memory representations are evolving objects through the lifetime of a memory. The recording of large groups of neurons from behaving animals has been instrumental for investigating brain network dynamics supporting memory encoding consolidation and retrieval. Classically, upon memory encoding during active behavior, hippocampal activity is dominated by theta oscillations. During inactivity, hippocampal neurons burst synchronously, constituting sharp waves, which can propagate to other structures, theoretically supporting memory consolidation. The PFC is one prominent target. This ‘two-stage’ model has been updated by new data from high-density electrophysiological recordings in animals that shed light on how information is encoded and exchanged between hippocampus and PFC. Learn More

Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS

Department of Neurological Surgery

November 15, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The 3rd Annual John A. Kusske Lecture Series
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS
The Myth of Equipoise
Theodore S. Roberts Professor
Chair and Residency Program Director Department of Neurological Surgery University of Washington
RSVP to Cindy Wang at ucineurosurgery@hs.uci.edu or 714-456-3402. Seating is limited. Learn More

The 9th Annual Arnold Starr Lecture and Exhibition

Department of Neurology

November 20, 2019
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mechanisms of Auditory Neuropathy Guest Lecture by Maoli Duan, MD, PhD
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Lecture (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) will be live-streamed and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Artists & Friends Dinner (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.) $100 single; $150 couple Learn More

UCI Brain Initiative Launch Event

UCI Brain Initiative

November 21, 2019
8:00 am – 8:00 pm

UCI faculty, staff, and students are invited to join UCI Brain for a day of discussions about team science, presentations by groups of UCI faculty and students, along with a special keynote presentation by Dr. Ralph Greenspan, associate director of the Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind.
During this event, UCI Brain will be sharing two new opportunities for UCI faculty:
– Pilot Grants of up to $25,000
– Dimensions Team Science Development Tool
In the evening, the community will be invited to a fireside chat with UCI’s most distinguished neuroscience faculty. Learn More

Michael Halassa, M.D., Ph.D.

UCI Medical Scientist Training Program

November 21, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Networks Underlying Cognitive Control & Flexibility
Michael Halassa is a MIT neuroscientist who aims to understand the basic circuit mechanisms of how information is routed in the brain and how disruptions in these circuits can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders. As a practicing psychiatrist he aims to develop novel approaches to diagnosing and treating these illnesses guided by insights both from the lab and clinic. Learn More

2019 Parkinson’s Symposium

Department of Neurology

November 23, 2019
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Treatment Options in Parkinson’s Disease: From Behavior to Movement
Join UCI Health for a special symposium about Parkinson’s disease, including a discussion on behavioral symptoms, current and recent developments in medical and surgical therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Visit ucihealth.org/parkinsonsevent to register. Learn More

New Positions 

The UCI Brain community is expanding! Below are just a few of the many open positions at UCI. Visit our website to view all positions and to submit your open position for inclusion on our website.
Faculty Positions:

Neuroscience Faculty Position
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Final Date: June 30th, 2020

Health Sciences Assistant/Associate/Full Clinical Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Final Date: June 30th, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellows / Project Scientists Positions:

Postdoctoral Scholar – Patterson Laboratory
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Final Date: June 30th, 2020

Postdoctoral Scholar- Chrastil Lab
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Final Date: June 24th, 2020

Research Staff Positions:

Preclinical and Translational Imaging Center MRI Technician
Department of Pediatrics
Open Date

Specialist Series
Department of Neurology
Final Date: June 30th, 2020

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