Research and Education in Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, or REMIND,  is a campus organization led by UCI MIND predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. REMIND aims to:

  1. Encourage collaboration among the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and
  2. Promote community outreach and education on neurodegenerative diseases.

Active Committee Chairs:
Franklin Garcia, PhD (Wood lab)
Angela Gomez, PhD (Tenner lab)
Navneet Hakhu (Gillen/Grill lab)
Arunima Kapoor (Nation lab)
Ashley Keiser, PhD (Wood lab)
Amanda McQuade (Blurton-Jones lab)
Michael Neel (Monuki lab)
Tiffany Petrisko, PhD (Tenner lab)
Marina Ritchie (Gillen/Grill lab)
Mary Ryan (Gillen/Grill lab)
Jessica Sanchez, MS (Blurton-Jones lab)
Nicole Schartz, PhD (Tenner lab)

Past Chairs:
Stefania Forner, PhD (LaFerla lab)
Natalie Sashkin Goldberg, PhD (Blurton-Jones lab)
Samuel Marsh, PhD (Blurton-Jones lab)
Alessandra Martini, PhD (LaFerla lab)
Michelle Nuno, PhD (Gillen/Grill lab)
Sarah Royer (Anderson lab)

Franklin Garcia, PhD

Angela Gomez, PhD

Navneet Hakhu

Arunima Kapoor, MSc

Ashley Keiser, PhD

Amanda McQuade

Michael Neel

Tiffany Petrisko, PhD

Marina Ritchie

Mary Ryan

Jessica Sanchez, MS

Nicole Schartz, PhD

Emerging Scientists Symposium

The REMIND committee organize an annual symposium where predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in neurodegenerative disease research at UCI have the opportunity to present their work to faculty, staff, and students. The event includes invited trainee presentations, poster competitions and awards, and distinguished speakers from across the country.

Previous keynote symposium speakers include Drs. Carol Barnes from University of Arizona, Cori Bargmann from Rockefeller University and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Leslie Thompson from UC Irvine, Marc Diamond from UT Southwestern, Rudy Tanzi from Harvard University, Rusty Gage from the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, Li-Huei Tsai from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clive Svendsen from Cedars-Sinai, Valina Dawson from Johns Hopkins, and Jeanne Loring from The Scripps Research Institute.

The 12th Annual REMIND Emerging Scientists Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM PT on Zoom. Our keynote speaker will be Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, D.H. Chen Professor II of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. Register today at Abstracts are due February 26, 2021.


UCI MIND  – Beall Scholar Program

Scheduled to launch in 2021, the UCI MIND – Beall Scholar Program will engage racially and ethnically diverse students from local high schools in research and education on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to inspire future academic and career choices in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), especially geriatric healthcare and research. This program aims to provide skills and experiences that enhance these students’ opportunities and wherewithal when applying to college, especially for majors focused on aging, neuroscience, and healthcare. For more information, email

STEAM Outreach Council

UCI MIND and REMIND are members of the UCI STEAM Outreach Council, an initiative led by the Beall Center for Art + Technology that aims to engage K-12 students from local public schools in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. REMIND trainees have led brain education workshops for over 500 middle and high school students in Orange County.

To learn more about upcoming REMIND activities and opportunities for involvement, email