Nov 8, 2019

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 Download Event Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Check-in

8:45 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