On Monday, April 17th, 2023, the trainee led Research and Education in Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (REMIND) held its 14th annual Emerging Scientists Symposium. The event is designed to help early career scientists share their research and network with colleagues and mentors. Like previous years, this symposium included research talks from invited graduate and postdoctoral trainees, poster presentations, and a keynote presentation. The REMIND co-chairs were honored this year to welcome Rema Raman, PhD, Professor of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, to speak on “Advancing Alzheimer’s clinical trials through a convergence of statistics, machine learning and Al”.
Microglial replacement, clinical trial design, mouse model genomics, and novel Alzheimer’s biomarkers were just a few of the topics covered by speakers and poster presenters. One of the highlights of the annual event is a poster competition. This year, Dr. Vaisakh Puthusseryppady a post-doctoral fellow in the Chrastil Lab was selected for his poster on spatial navigation in AD. Yueqi Ren, a MD/PhD candidate from the Stark Lab, won for her work on the development of diagnostic prediction models, respectively.
The afternoon concluded with a presentation of the Carl W. Cotman Scholar Awards, given to two faculty committee-selected trainees for their standout achievements in brain aging research here at UCI. Xiaoxiao Lin, a graduate student in the Xu Lab, and Dr. Thai Nguyen, a postdoctoral scholar in the Thompson Lab, were recognized and will receive a plaque and $250 stipend.