Highlights 2013-2014

ReMIND Symposium Planning Committee stand with Dr. Valina Dawson, Director of the John Hopkins Medicine Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs, and the Institute for Cell Engineering.

The students of ReMIND have had an active academic year during the 2013-2014 period. Now in it’s 6th year, ReMIND continued to promote scientific discussion and collegiality among UCI’s scientific community.

ReMIND hosted it’s quarterly journal club with selections ranging from improving cognition in older adults, and Alzheimer’s disease and stem cell therapy to oligionucleotide therapy and stroke.

Because the role of discussion leader rotates, the topics are generally interdisciplinary in nature. These discussions are unique in that they are wholly student-led.

Sam Marsh at the CampMed Career Fair.

Sam Marsh at the CampMed Career Fair.

ReMIND grad students hosted an interactive brain display at the career fair sponsored by the UCI undergrad organization, CampMed. The career fair was held at the Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley and provided attendees with insight into the variety of career paths open to PhDs.


ReMIND’s signature event, the annual Emerging Scientists Symposium on Neurological Disorders, was held on February 20, 2014. The event drew over 75 researchers from the UCI community. The 22 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows showcased the breadth of cutting-edge neuroscience research being conducted at UCI through 6 lectures and 16 poster presentations.

Dr. Valina Dawson, Director of the Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs in the Institute for Cell Engineering, gave the event’s keynote address. In her talk, Dr. Dawson discussed the influence of Poly (ADP Ribose) signaling.
This year’s best graduate student presentation award went to Joseph Ochaba, and Dr. Monica Elmore won the best postdoctoral presentation.

ReMIND also aided in the training of the UCI team for the national BrainBee competition. This was a new activity for ReMIND and they plan to support future teams.