Highlights 2010-2011

During its second year, ReMIND continued its mission of educating the UCI and local community through a number of sponsored events and monthly student-led journal clubs.

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, ReMIND hosted the 2nd Annual Emerging Scientists Symposium on Neurological Disorders. The event was success with over 100 people in attendance to hear 19 graduate and post-doctoral students discuss their cutting-edge research on topics such Alzheimer’s-related mitophagy, possible molecular and cellular therapeutic molecular targets for Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, cognitive decline in individuals older than 90, the role of the hippocampus in episodic memory and more.  The day-long event was rounded out with the keynote speech given by Dr. Fred Gage, the Professor and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Salk Institute. He is noted for his discovery that neural plasticity occurs in the adult brain.

ReMIND once again hosted a round table discussion to give graduate and post-doctoral students a unique perspective on the sometimes circuitous path to an academic career.  Dr. David Cribbs, one of the leading Alzheimer’s disease researchers at UCI with an interest in antibody-mediated clearance of amyloid-beta (Aβ) and Aβ immunotherapy, openly answered students’ questions about his early scientific research and career, and shared  personal anecdotes.
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Teaming with the School of Biological Sciences, on May 20, 2011, ReMIND hosted a career panel discussion: Skills for Finding and Obtaining a Job. Dr. Marcelo Wood moderated discussions with four scientific professionals: Alison McKenzie, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy at Chapman University; William R. Patterson, PhD, a UCI alum and Vice President of R&D at Sequent Medical; Richard Y.M. Tun, JD, PhD, a Patent Attorney at Berliner and Associates; and Angelika Asward, MS, Director of Project Management at Allergan, Inc. This well-received event provided the attendees with information about potential job opportunities and lifestyles that graduate students may not be aware of. ReMIND looks forward to informing a new audience of graduate students in the future through this event.

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ReMIND met its communityservice goal through participation in events around Orange County. ReMIND graduate students walked with Team Hope at the HD Walk for the Cure which raises awareness about Huntington’s disease and money to help find a cure.  Students also walked at the Huntington Beach Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  At the “Astounding Innovations Fair” held yearly at Irvine Valley College, UCI neuroscience graduate students generated smiles and shrieks among many K-12 children (and parents)with their brain booth. Kids could learn about brain function, brain sizes in various species,  and human brain anatomy as well as hold actual sheep brains! Volunteering at this event is just as much fun for the graduate students as the youth, and ReMIND will surely return.