Past Symposiums

Conte Center@UCI 7th Annual Symposium

Novel Technologies and the Brain 


The 7th Annual Symposium, held Feb 25, 2020 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering in Irvine was by all accounts a huge success. Over 100 faculty, students, and staff enjoyed a day filled with amazing talks by several faculty and outstanding poster presentations by graduate students, post doctoral fellows, as well as junior faculty. Many thanks to our Co-keynote speakers Professor Anna V. Molofsky, UCSF and Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director at NIH, who anchored the day.

Winners of the posters presentations:

Cassandra Kooiker (Baram Lab)
MD/PhD student, UCI
Poster title: "TRAPping memories of early life adversity"

Ozlu Aran (Davis Lab)
Graduate Student, Denver University
Poster title: "Unpredictable Maternal Sensory Signals in Infancy are Related to Self-Control in Early Adolescence"

Katherine L. Thompson-Peer (Thompson-Peer Lab)
Assistant Professor, UCI
Poster title: "Developmental switches in dendrite regeneration after injury"

View photos of the event HERE.

Conte Center @UCI 6th Annual Symposium 

Brain Circuit Development in Health and Disease
The Power of Cross-Species Approaches

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The days' events will include brief talks by faculty in multiple disciplines, as well as, a networking lunch, interactive poster presentation & poster tours, and keynote address. 


Tallie Z. Baram, MD, Ph.D. | UCI, Pediatrics, Anatomy & Neurobiology; Neurology; Physiology& Biophysics 
Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D. | UCI, Neurology, and Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Lulu Y. Chen, Ph.D. | UCI, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Kevin T. Beier, Ph.D. | UCI, Physiology & Biophysics
Gyorgy Lur, Ph.D. | UCI, Neurobiology & Behavior
Ming Xiong Huang, Ph.D. | UCSD, Radiology

Kristina A. Uban, Ph.D. | UCI Population Health & Disease Prevention

Keynote Address:

Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D. | Harvard University Medical School
Title: Cross-species Investigations of Anhedonic Behaviors

Jr. Faculty, Post-docs, and Grad Students are invited to present their related work in the Poster Session.  Send your abstract to no later than February 27th.

***$100 Amazon Gift Card awarded to the "Best Poster"***

This event is open to the UC community with RSVP.

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Conte Center@UCI 5th Annual Symposium

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The symposium included:

Julia L. Zehr, Ph.D.
(Branch Director) Division of Translational Research, NIMH

  • Dr. Zehr will highlight NIMH priorities and answer your questions
  • Guided/Interactive Poster Tours
  • Lunch (for registered guests)
  • Keynote Address: Professor Nim Tottenham
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University
    Topic: Development of Emotion Regulation Neurobiology: the Importance of Early Experiences

All Conte Center supported graduate students and Jr. Scientists presented a poster. All other graduate students and postdocs, working on the brain, are encouraged to present their work, as well.

2016 Neurobiology of Stress Conference, Newport Beach, CA

Date: Tuesday – Friday, April 12-15, 2016
Location: Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, CA