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UCI Brain Initiative
Launch Event

Thursday, November 21, 2019

 The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (directions)

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UCI faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us 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:

In the evening, the community will be invited to a fireside chat with UCI’s most distinguished neuroscience faculty.
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Keynote Speaker

Ralph Greenspan

Associate Director, Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind
Co-Director, Cal-BRAIN
Director, San Diego BRAIN Consortium and the UCSD Center for Brain Activity Mapping

Dr. Greenspan’s research includes studies of the consequences of mutations and localized genetic alterations in the nervous system, molecular identification of genes underlying naturally occurring variation in behavior, and the genetic analysis of sleep and attention in the fruit fly. His current research addresses large-scale network interactions pertaining to the action of genes and neurons. In 2011, he was one of the small team of scientists that produced the white paper for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that eventuated in the BRAIN Initiative, and in 2014 spearheaded the effort to establish the state-funded Cal-BRAIN program and serves as its co-Director. In addition to research papers, he has authored: Fly Pushing: The Theory and Practice of Drosophila Genetics, An Introduction to Nervous Systems, and How Genes Influence Behaviour(with Jonathan Flint and Ken Kendler).


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8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Check-in

8:45 a.m.


Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative
Pramod Khargonekar, Vice Chancellor for Research

9:00 a.m.

Perspectives on Brain Initiatives

Hal Stern, Vice Provost for Academic Planning
Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Caroline Montojo, Director of Brain Initiatives, Kavli Foundation
Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative

10:30 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
UCI Behavioral Neuroscience Testing Core
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Emergency Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University Lab Partners
Ken Beall, Chair, UCI Applied Innovation Board

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Whiteboard Brainstorm 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.
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1:30 p.m.

The Artistic Brain

Interdisciplinary Initiatives for Arts and Brain Science
Stephen Barker, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
John Crawford, Director, Emergent Media + Design Initiative
Reading Frankenstein: an intermedia performance exploring the vicarious nature of reading and Biological AI s against the backdrop of Mary Shelly's novel
Annie Loui, Drama
Antoinette Lafarge, Art
James Fallon, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Tracking Neurologic Immersion in Artistic Creativity
David Ihrig, Guest Instructor
Lisa Naugle, Dance
Students from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts
2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Team Science 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
Building an Artificial Mind
Zyg Pizlo, Cognitive Science
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 for Health Affairs
Michael Yassa, Director, UCI Brain Initiative

Aileen Anderson, Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Ruth Benca, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Ralph Greenspan, Genetics and Neurobiology
Nancy Guerra, Dean, School of Social Ecology
Judith F. Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Language Science
Frank LaFerla, Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Gary Lynch, Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior