The Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory was founded in 1995 by James L. McGaugh, Founding Director of the CNLM. The lectures are an integral part of the CNLM's outreach mission and are intended for a lay audience. The series is widely regarded as the most successful public lecture series at UC Irvine and in Orange County.

Dr. McGaugh was the series' inaugural speaker in 1995 and has been the distinguished speaker on numerous occasions. Series speakers are world-renowned scientists who have made significant advances to brain research, particularly in the area of learning and memory. The speakers are chosen not only for the reputation of their research, but also for their ability to convey the importance and implications of that research to a lay audience.

The Public Lecture Series is supported by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, in partnership with the School of Biological Sciences, and Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Public lectures have been held each year since 1995, and attract capacity audiences of Irvine and Orange County community members, professionals and high school and college students.

Lectures are held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre (adjacent to the UCI campus) at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Parking is provided in an adjacent structure for $10.

Lectures are free of charge but registration is required and early arrival is highly recommended. 

Attendees are provided with ample opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the speakers. Lectures are generally 45-50 minutes long and are followed by about 20-30 minutes of questions from the audience. Each lecture is preceded by a special backstage reception in honor of the speaker, which is attended by Friends of the CNLM, as well as CNLM Fellows and UCI's leadership. To inquire about how to join the Friends and receive VIP tickets to the backstage reception, please click here.

After the lecture, cookies are served in the lobby, where audience members have a chance to meet and interact with the speaker one-on-one.

Barclay Lectures are uploaded to our YouTube channel and available for viewing at any time.

Upcoming Lecture

The 26th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Patricia Churchland, Ph.D.
Neurophilosopher and Professor emerita
Philosophy
University of California, San Diego

Monday, January 27, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Parking is $10 at the UCI Student Center (directions and parking info)

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Past Lectures

The 25th Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

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Can we create new senses for humans? 

David M. Eagleman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine

Monday January 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 24th Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

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Linking Brains to Machines: From Basic Science to Neurorehabilitation

Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering
Duke University

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:30PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 23rd Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

 

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What can we learn from the sleeping brain?

Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
Psychiatry and Human Behavior,
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 22nd Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

 

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Exercise for the Brain: Is it Worth the Sweat?

Laura D. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Public Health Wake Forest School of Medicine

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 21st Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

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Aging and Disease in Modern Times

Randy Buckner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 20th Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

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Zooming in on Alzheimer’s Disease and Normal Memory Decline

Scott A. Small, M.D.
Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Columbia University Medical Center, New York

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Understanding the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory processes and drug-seeking behavior

Marcelo Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Neurobiology and Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 19th Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning, and Memory

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The Distracted Mind

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director - Neuroscape
Professor - Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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The treatment of human brain diseases: Insights from the study of Huntington's disease

Dr. Leslie M. Thompson
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 18th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Protecting the Brain from Impending Stroke: A Stimulating Account

Dr. Ron D. Frostig
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Researching Ways to Make Memories Last a Lifetime


Dr. Frank M. LaFerla
Dean
School of Biological Sciences
Chancellor’s Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 17th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Ending Alzheimer's Together


Eric M. Reiman, M.D.
Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI)
Chief Executive Officer, Banner Research, Clinical Director of the Neurogenomics
Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona
Director, Arizona Alzheimer’s ConsortiumBanner Alzheimer's Institute and Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Craig-Stark

Where Did I Put My Keys? Tales from the Hippocampus for Anyone Over 30


Dr. Craig E. L. Stark
Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Rewiring Our Adult Brains: Taking a Birds-Eye View


Dr. Gregory F. Ball
Dean
Behavioral and Social Sciences
University of Maryland

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 16th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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The Scaffolded Mind: How Your Brain Adapts to Aging

Dr. Denise C. Park
Distinguished Professor
Center for Brain Health
University of Texas

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Helping the Brain to Repair Itself After Injury


Steven C. Cramer, M.D.
Professor
Department of Neurology
University of California, Irvine


Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Music, Evolution, and the Human Mind


Aniruddh Patel, Ph.D.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow
Psychology
Tufts University

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 15th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety: Using Drugs to Improve Psychotherapy


Dr. Michael Davis
Associate Professor, Emory/GT
Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Director, Children's Heart Research and Outcomes (HeRO) Center

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

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The Power of Testing Memory: From the Laboratory to the Classroom


Dr. Henry L. Roediger III
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Washington University, St. Louis


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Genetic Jeopardy: Lessons Learned from Huntington's Disease


Dr. Nancy S. Wexler
Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology 
Columbia University

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 14th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Back to the Future: Is Mental Time Travel Unique to Humans?


Nicola S. Clayton, Ph.D.
Professor
University of Cambridge

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 – 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Generating New Brain Cells in the Adult Brain

Dr. Fred H. Gage
Professor
Laboratory of Genetics
The Salk Institute

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 – 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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How to Get Old:  Lessons from 90-year-olds

Claudia Kawas, M.D.
Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

 

The 13th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

Frank Laferla

Winning the Battle Against Alzheimer Disease: New Discoveries Offer New Hope

Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.
Dean
Biological Sciences
UC Irvine

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Little Brains with Bright Minds: Communication, Navigation and Learning in the Honeybee

Dr. Randolf Menzel
Freie University of Berlin

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Schizophrenia: Losing Control over Thoughts, Memories and Emotions

Dr. Deanna Barch
Chair and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Washington University, St. Louis

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 12th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Autism: Cognitive style not deficit?

Dr. Francesca Happé
Professor
Cognitive Neuroscience
King's College London

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Watching the brain at work: Imaging the formation and retrieval of memories

Dr. Michael D. Rugg
Professor
Director, Center for Vital Longevity
Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Larry Young

The Monogamous Brain: What Can Science Tell Us About Love? 

Dr. Larry Young
Psychiatry
Emory University

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 11th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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How Children Shape Languages: Language Acquisition and Emergence

Dr. Elissa L. Newport
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery 
Director, Learning and Development Lab 
Georgetown University

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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How Could Brain Science Transform our Lives in the 21st Century

Dr. Richard Morris
The University of Edinburgh

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Remembering Trauma 

Dr. Richard J. McNally
Harvard University

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 10th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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What Makes Humans Smart? Lessons from Children

Dr. Elizabeth S. Spelke
Harvard University

Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Sleep, Memory and Dreams: What are they good for?

Dr. Robert Stickgold
Harvard Medical School

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Remembering Memory and the Brain:
Open Forum Discussion with Faculty Fellows of the CNLM

Dr. James L. McGaugh and Colleagues
University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 9th Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory

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Opiates, Brownies, Sex and Cocaine: Seeking the Brain Signature for Desire

Dr. Anna Rose Childress
University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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Ah yes, I remember it well...: Remembering, Forgetting and the Movie "Memento"

Dr. Stuart Zola
Emory University

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Irvine Barclay Theatre

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How Time Flies: The Molecular Architecture of Memory

Dr. Thomas J. Carew
University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Irvine Barclay Theatre