Join us Nov. 21 for the UCI Brain Launch Event


Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the official launch of the UCI Brain Initiative on November 21, 2019.

The day will include 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 UCSD Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind.

During this event, UCI Brain will be sharing two new opportunities for UCI faculty:

This event will also be a time to foster new ways of collaborating with each other. We have developed four interacting and overlapping themes to organize faculty with similar interests and build cohesive teams. This will be a launching pad to begin accelerating research opportunities and collaboration.

In the evening, the community will be invited to join us for a fireside chat with some of UCI’s most distinguished neuroscience faculty.

I look forward to seeing you at this event.


Michael A. Yassa Ph.D.
Director, UCI Brain Initiative

November 21 Event Agenda 
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8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Check-in8:45 a.m.
Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative
Pramod Khargonekar, Vice Chancellor, Research9:00 a.m.
Perspectives on Brain Initiatives
Hal Stern, Vice Provost, Academic Planning
Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost, Graduate Division
Caroline Montojo, Director of Brain Initiatives, Kavli Foundation
Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Emerging Resources for Team Science

Dimensions Team Science Development Tool
Melinda Gormley, School of Biological Sciences
Stem Cell Research Center CRISPR Human Cell Core
Mathew Blurton-Jones, Neurobiology and Behavior
Light Sheet Microscopy and Brain Clearing Core
Sunil Gandhi, Neurobiology and Behavior
Preclinical and Translational Imaging Center
Andre Obenaus, Pediatrics
Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research
Kristina Uban, Public Health
Animal Behavior Neuroscience Facility
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Emergency Medicine
University Lab Partners
Ken Beall, Chair, UCI Beall Applied Innovation Board

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Brainstorm Poster Session
Participating students will be given a blank whiteboard, a set of markers, and a prop kit to visually describe their brain-related project using drawings and graphic organizers in under five minutes.

1:30 p.m.

The Artistic Brain Exhibit and Demonstration

2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.
Collaborative Projects
Conte Center @ UCI
Tallie Z. Baram, Pediatrics
UC Irvine Model Organism Development & Evaluation for Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (MODEL-AD)
Andrea Tenner, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN)
Marcelo Wood, Neurobiology and Behavior
Artificial Intelligence and Precision Health
Daniel Chow and Peter Chang, Radiological Sciences
Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Center (SCN)
Ruth Benca, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

4:00 p.m.
Keynote: Cal-BRAIN: A Neurotechnology Program
Ralph Greenspan, Associate Director, Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind, University of California, San Diego

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Public Fireside Chat: How Will Brain Science Shape Your Future?
Steve Goldstein, Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative

Aileen Anderson, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Ruth Benca, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Ralph Greenspan, Genetics and Neurobiology
Nancy Guerra, Psychological Science
Judith F. Kroll, Language Science
Frank LaFerla, Neurobiology and Behavior
Gary Lynch, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
James L. McGaugh, Neurobiology and Behavior