Amy Gleichman

UCLA’s 10th Annual Brain Awareness Week

March 12-16, 2018
Gonda Neuroscience and Genetics Research Centre

Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide celebration of the brain, focused on increasing public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. UCLA is hosting around 300 students from elementary, middle and high schools from around the Los Angeles community to engage, inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in neuroscience!
Funded by UCLA’s Brain Research Institute (BRI), Campus Program Committee of the Program Activities Board and the Society For Neuroscience (SFN).
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Amy Gleichman

The Winner of the 26th Annual Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture Award

Celine Vuong from the Laboratory of Dr. Douglas Black in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics will present the 26th Annual Samuel Eiduson Lecture entitled, “Rbfox1 Regulates Inhibitory Synaptic Transmission through the v-SNARE Vamp1” on March 13, 2018.

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student in the neurosciences who has done especially commendable work during dissertation research.

Celine received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University. Before graduate school, Celine spent a few years as a technician and lab manager at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Azad Bonni working on cerebellar biology. She defended her doctoral thesis in December 2017.

Celine’s graduate work has shown that Rbfox1, an RNA binding protein, controls the balance of excitation and inhibition in the brain through the direct regulation of an interneuron-­specific component of the synaptic vesicle release machinery.

Amy Gleichman

Image of the Month

Immunohistochemistry image in which a tetrode (bundle of 4 electrodes) was implanted into a rat neocortex, showing the immune response encapsulating the tetrode.

By: Jason Moore Mayank Mehta Laboratory


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Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) 1st Floor Auditorium


Allan E. Herbison, Ph.D
Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

"Generating Episodic Activity in the Neuroendocrine Hypothalamus for Fertility"


The gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons release GnRH in an episodic manner into the pituitary portal system to drive pulsatile hormone secretion. These neurons migrate from the nose into the brain during development and have many peculiar properties including the projection of a blended dendrite/axon (“dendron”) to the median eminence secretory zone. Studies utilizing single neuron labelling, electrophysiology, and calcium imaging in brain slices, combined with excitatory and inhibitory optogenetics and GCaMP6 photometry in vivo, have revealed that a population of kisspeptin neurons located in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus exhibit synchronized episodes of activity that drive episodic GnRH secretion through modulation of the distal GnRH dendron. This represents an unusual mechanism of episode generation in the mammalian forebrain.

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