The Conte Center @ UCI addresses the complex developmental mechanisms contributing to adolescent resilience or vulnerabilities to mental illnesses. Our research focuses on probing the contribution of early life experience to brain programming that governs resilience and vulnerability during adolescence.

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Upcoming Seminars & Events

Ted Abel, PhD, will present Molecular Mechanisms of Memory Storage: Sleep, epigenetics and neurodevelopmental disorders on March 7, 2017.

Past Seminars & Events

Benjamin L. Hankin, PhD, presented Understanding development of depression: A choose your own adventure story. – February 21, 2017

Stafford Lightman, MBBChir, PhD, FRCP, presented Why Our Stress System Has Rhythm. – January 17, 2017

Olaf Sporns, PhD, presented Computational Connectomics: From Networks to Brain Dynamics. – November 1, 2016

Ruth Feldman, PhD, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, Adjunct Professor, Yale University Child Study Center presented Biobehavioral synchrony and the cross-generation transmission of social adaptation and psychopathology; Implications for adolescents’ brain. – July 6, 2016

2016 Neurobiology of Stress Conference Newport Beach, CA
Supported in part by the University of California, Irvine and the Conte Center @ UCI – April 12-15, 2016.
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Francis S.Y. Lee, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, presented Using Genetic Models to Delineate the Role of Growth Factors in Complex Behaviors Related to the Pathophysiology and Treatment of Affective Disorders in collaboration with the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. – March 22, 2016

Sonia Lupien, PhD, Université de Montréal, presented From Neurotoxicity to Vulnerability: A Developmental Perspective of the Effects of Stress on the Brain. – January 19, 2016

Alan P. Koretsky, PhD, NIH/NINDS, will present Localization of Synaptic Sites of Cortical Plasticity by MRI. – October 27, 2015

The Conte Center @UCI was represented at the 28th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) congress in Amsterdam. Dr. Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD presented the first plenary lecture on Neural Correlates of Chronic Early-Life Stress  on August 30, 2015.

Conte Center Team (grad students and post-docs), Science collaboration and brainstorming discussions. – July 17, 2015

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, presented the Conte Center @UCI, Do Rhythms and Entropy Levels of Early-life Experiences Contribute to Brain Circuit Development? at Human Brain Project in Geneva, Switzerland. – June 25, 2015

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, presented the Conte Center @UCI, “Programming” the Developing Brain: Where Neurobiology, Mathematics and Epigenetics Intersect at The Max-Plunck Institute in Municah, Germany. – June 22, 2015

Conte Center Team (grad students and post-docs), Science collaboration and brainstorming discussions. – May 15, 2015

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, discussed Early-life experience and vulnerability to mental disorders: novel mechanisms at Conte Center, University of Maryland. – May 6, 2015

Larry J. Young, PhD, Emory University, discussed Neurobiology of Social Relationships: Implications for Autism. – April 14, 2015

Rob Kass, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Department of Statistics presented Examples of Bayesian Statistical Thinking in Neuroscience. – March 5, 2015

Megan Gunnar, PhD, University of Minnesota, discussed Early Life Stress and Development: Research on Internationally-Adopted Children. – January 27, 2015

Conte Center Neuroscience Education at Charter High School, The Academy, Santa Ana, CA
Human Brain Function and Brain DiseaseOctober 10, 2014

Regina Sullivan, PhD, New York University, discussed Neurobiology of Infant Attachment and a Sense of Safety: Lessons from an Animal Model. – October 7, 2014

Conte Center Science Education
Modern Life Stress: Can Your Brain Handle It?September 24, 2014

Pat Levitt, PhD, University of Southern California, discussed The View Through a Neurobiological Lens – Addressing Autism Heterogeneity. – September 16, 2014

At a local TEDx event, Laura Glynn shared her interesting research findings on the maternal brain, highlighting changes that occur in a mother’s brain during the perinatal period. View Decoding the Maternal BrainJuly 3, 2014

Conte Center Educational & Community Outreach Event took place on UC Irvine Campus with discussion on Parental Input to Early Life Experience: What Really Matters?June 4, 2014

Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD, University of Toronto, spoke on Population Neuroscience of the Growing Brain as a past guest speaker for our Seminar Series. – May 20, 2014