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During its third year, ReMIND continued its mission of educating the UCI and local community.
Scientific discussion was promoted among students from various neuroscience labs during quarterly journal clubs. Presented topics included protein aggregation, lysosomal-autophagic pathway, microglia-mediated inflammation, and Parkin-mediated autophagy of mitochondria and Aß in Alzheimer’s disease.
ReMIND met its community education goal through participation in events around Orange County. In the Fall of 2011 ReMIND participated in the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s (HDSA) Team Hope Walk as well as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Huntington Beach. ReMIND also helped organize the HDSA Regional Education Day held here at UCI on March 10, 2012. Once again ReMIND participated in the “Astounding Innovations Fair” held in January at the Irvine Valley College. UCI neuroscience graduate students wowed families via the brain booth where kids could learn about brain function, hold actual sheep brains, and see a human brain. Hopefully some inspired children will become neuroscientists!
On February 9, 2012, ReMIND hosted the 3rd Annual Emerging Scientists Symposium on Neurological Disorders. Research topics presented by 16 graduate and postdoctoral students included neural stem cell transplantation as a therapy for Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model, as well as its role in improving spatial memory, and more. The day-long event was concluded with the keynote speech given by Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, the Director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Dr. Tsai greatly contributed to our understanding of the role of protein kinase Cdk5 in neuronal plasticity and neurodegeneration.