UCI Brain Circuit | April E-newsletter

Upcoming Virtual Events

UCI Brain sends out a monthly digest of upcoming brain­​-related events, news, and positions from units across campus. Check out the complete event calendar and submit your event.

Trina Basu, PhD

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine

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April 1, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am

NextGen Epilepsy Seminars
 

Trina Basu, PhD, a postdoc in Jamie Maguire’s lab at Tufts University, will present her latest epilepsy-related research. This event is part of the NextGen Epilepsy Seminar Series which features postdocs and graduate students. This event is sponsored by the Epilepsy Research Center and the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.

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April 2, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Neuromatch Academy

Democratizing computational neuroscience education through interactive, intensive instruction

Neuromatch Academy (NMA) was founded in spring 2020 in response to two catalysts: (1) the recognition that traditional intensive summer programs in computational neuroscience are expensive and exclusive, leaving out a large proportion of qualified and deserving trainee participants; and (2) the COVID-19 pandemic canceled these in-person summer schools anyway.

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April 6, 2021
11:00 am  – 12:00 pm

CNLM Virtual Colloquium

Amygdala-cortical circuitry in reward learning and pursuit

To make adaptive decisions we must cast ourselves into the future and consider the outcomes of our potential choices. This prospective consideration is informed by our memories. I will discuss our lab’s recent work investigating the neural circuits responsible for encoding, updating, and retrieving reward memories for use in the considerations underlying decision making.

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April 13, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We spend nearly one-third of our lives asleep. Despite its universal nature and apparent necessity, why we sleep remains largely a mystery. Sleep to feel, to think, and to remember is a virtual panel discussion featuring three UCI experts studying how sleep affects our emotions and the way we think, and how stress impacts a good night’s rest. This event will spark exciting conversations and provide a fun interactive experience with both early-career and established UCI scientists.

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April 15, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 pm

NextGen Epilepsy Seminars

Young Kim, PhD, a postdoc in Robert Hunt’s lab at UC Irvine, will present her latest epilepsy-related research. This event is part of the NextGen Epilepsy Seminar Series which features postdocs and graduate students. This event is sponsored by the Epilepsy Research Center and the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.

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April 15, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

ICAN Seminar

Dopamine waves as a mechanism for spatiotemporal credit assignment

Significant evidence supports the view that dopamine shapes reward-learning by encoding prediction errors. However, it is unknown whether dopamine decision-signals are tailored to the functional specialization of target regions. In this talk, I will report on a novel set of wave-like spatiotemporal activation patterns in dopamine axons (and release) across the dorsal striatum that switch between different activational motifs.

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April 19, 2021
6:30 am – 8:00 pm

Join UCI Brain virtually for their inaugural Dialogue Series, 4C the Future. Faculty from across the UCI campus will discuss Consciousness. The UCI Brain Dialogue series is a monthly forum that brings together researchers studying one phenomenon from various perspectives.

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April 20, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2021/21 EpicCenter Seminar Series

Dr. Steven Petrou, professor and director of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, is a leader in the field of ion channel neuropathies, with a particular focus on rare epileptic encephalopathies. These are a range of genetic epilepsies affecting infants and young children with devasting impacts for them and their families.

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April 27, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

CNLM Virtual Colloquium

The CNLM will host Dr. Corey Harwell, from the Department of Neurobiology of Harvard Medical School, in a virtual colloquium where he will present his latest research.

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New Positions

The UCI Brain community is hiring. Below are a few of the open positions at UCI. Visit our website to view all positions and to submit your open position for inclusion on our website.

Research Staff Positions:

Staff Research Associate I
Memory Impair Neuro Disorders (UCI MIND)
Open until filled

Information Systems Analyst I
Memory Impair Neuro Disorders (UCI MIND)
Open until filled