March 16, 2012

On Thursday, February 9th, the graduate student organization ReMIND (Research and Education of Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders) hosted its 3rd Annual Emerging Scientists Symposium on Neurological Disorders. Taking place at a new venue this year, the University Club, this day-long event showcased the exceptional research of 16 graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Presentations covered topics ranging from:

  •  the impact of hormonal contraception on stress response and emotional memory
  • to the potential therapeutic use of cellular treatments in neurodegenerative disorders
  • as well as the neuroprotective effects of auditory stimulation after ischemic stroke

The award for best presentation by a graduate student went to Meredith Chabrier, from Dr. Frank LaFerla’s lab, who presented her work regarding the role of soluble beta amyloid protein in promoting the formation of neurofibrillary tau tangles and cognitive deficits in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Karlie Intlekofer’s (Dr. Carl Cotman’s lab) discussion of the essential role of growth factor BDNF in promoting improved spatial memory with exercise won her the best postdoctoral presentation award.

The day concluded with an elegant and cutting-edge keynote address by Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, “An epigenetic blockage of cognitive functions in the neurodegenerating brain”. As the Director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, Dr. Tsai ‘s efforts have improved our understanding of the neurodegenerative mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. Her presentation included new data implicating an important gene regulator, HDAC2, in impaired learning and memory; she has found that inhibition of HDACs induces plasticity and restores learning.

ReMIND Symposium Highlights Research of Gradaute  students and postdoctoral scholars

UCI gradaute students and post doctoral scholars highlight their research findings for the audience

UCI ReMIND symposium

The 3rd annual ReMIND Symposium was held at the University Club

Dr. Tsai delivers keynote

 Dr. Li-HueiTsai, Director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, delivered the keynote address