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Highlighting multidisciplinary, trainee-lead research in order to foster discussion and collaboration.

UCLA is uniquely comprised of the Reagan Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, College of Letters and Sciences, Brain Research Institute, and California NanoSystems Institute, all on the same campus. Many of the research efforts within these institutions focus on elucidating the biological underpinnings of neurodegneration and developing novel clinical interventions for improving diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. As such, the aim of the UCLA Neurodegenerative Diseases Symposium is to facilitate interactions between this diverse community of researchers studying neurodegeneration from different disciplines (basic science, clinical, and technological) across UCLA, as well as inaugurate lasting scientific relationships and collaborations. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate students investigating neurodegeneration from diverse specializations will have the opportunity to share their current research alongside information about the ongoing activities in their labs through trainee talks and poster presentations. Additionally, faculty and students will intermingle and discuss pressing topics in neurodegeneration during our networking and breakout discussion sessions.

For any questions, email Kelly Jameson at kgjameson@g.ucla.edu

Organizational Committee:

  • Kelly Jameson, Chair

  • Elena Coley

  • Dr. Ping Fang

  • Sabeen Kazmi

  • Geoffrey Pronovost

  • Dr. Helen Vuong

  • Kristie Yu

Faculty Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD

  • Dr. David Eisenberg, PhD

  • Dr. Elaine Hsiao, PhD

  • Dr. Felix Schweizer, PhD


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Neurodegeneration Challenge Network

The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network brings together experimental scientists from diverse research fields, along with computational biologists and physicians, to understand the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Its goal is to form a collaborative network, currently made up of 9 new collaborative science teams and 17 early career investigators, to bring new ideas and new people into the field, support them with well validated tools and resources, and ask them to look at this problem from a cross-disease perspective. The shared aim of all teams is to develop new strategies for the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. 

UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

The CNSI is a hub of interdisciplinary research, translation, and education where scientists from diverse fields find common purpose in addressing grand challenges of the 21st century. With locations at the University of California’s Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses, the CNSI leverages public and private investment to drive collaborative nanoscience research across disciplines, translates discoveries into knowledge-driven commercial enterprises, and educates the next generation of scientists and engineers. Through an integrated framework of core platforms, the CNSI at UCLA provides leading-edge R&D infrastructure and professional services to provide a competitive edge for UC-affiliated researchers and startups in the discovery, development, and application of transformative technologies.

UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI)

The UCLA BRI is a catalyst for education, outreach, and research collaborations among current and future scientists, engineers and clinicians who seek to understand the healthy and diseased brain. With approximately 300 faculty members representing nearly 30 departments from 6 schools, the institute is UCLA’s central force in its mission to advance interdisciplinary basic and clinical neuroscience. The institute provides multiple financial, informational and operational resources to invigorate research programs and support collaborations bringing together investigators from disparate scientific fields. The BRI also coordinates a large portion of neuroscience educational programs on campus.

David Geffen School of Medicine:

UCLA Neuroscience Research Theme

The goal of UCLA Neuroscience is to support cutting-edge research initiatives to understand brain function, development and diseases and to convert this understanding to therapies. This program encourages cross-disciplinary studies and provide resources to support high risk/high impact research efforts. UCLA Neuroscience is comprised of scientists and physicians in the School of Medicine, as well as faculty within the Schools of Engineering, Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences. By fostering creativity and collaboration, and supporting ambitious research goals, UCLA Neuroscience is committed to taking on the most challenging and important research problems in the brain sciences. In addition, research laboratories in this theme train undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, medical and postdoctoral fellows. The unique environment created by UCLA Neuroscience not only supports discoveries now, it invests in the creativity and brilliance of our trainees to make key discoveries in the future.