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2013 Emerging Scientists Symposium
On February 21, 2013, ReMIND (Research and Education of Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders) hosted its 4th Annual Emerging Scientists Symposium, drawing over 100 researchers from the UCI community. The 19 graduate and post-doctoral student presenters highlighted the breadth of cutting-edge neuroscience research being conducted at UCI. This year’s event had a notable emphasis on the role of neural stem cells in improving function and recovery in models of Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. In line with this focus, Dr. Clive Svendsen, the Director of the Cedars Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, gave the keynote address. In the engaging talk, Dr. Svendsen discussed his efforts to develop stem cell technology to treat neurological disorders, including Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease.
The best graduate presentation award went to Annie Vogel-Ciernia for her discussion of epigenetic mechanisms of long-term memory formation. Dr. Nicholas DiPatrizio won the best post-doctoral presentation award for his discussion of how endocannabinoid signaling in the gut mediates dietary fat preference.
Special thanks to Drs. Peter Donovan, Tallie Z. Baram, Carl Cotman, Andrea Tenner, and Brian Cummings for chairing the presentation sessions, and to Drs. Matt Blurton-Jones, Kim Green, and Aileen Anderson for judging the presentations. Everyone involved helped make this event a success!