Bringing learning and memory scientists from around the world to UCI

CNLM Colloquium Series

The CNLM Colloquium Series, supported by the Thomas Henry Curtis Fund, brings learning and memory scientists from around the world to UC Irvine. This lecture series is a great opportunity for faculty, students, trainees and research staff to learn about the latest in learning and memory research and gain feedback on their own work. Meeting with the speaker provides powerful network building opportunities for students and trainees and fosters future collaborations.

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2021/22 Colloquium Series

This year, the series will be held in a virtual format with some speakers presenting in person as well. We will keep registered participants updated on the possibility of an in-person event as the situation with COVID-19 evolves.


Tuesday, Jan 25th, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Melissa Sharpe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles

Barry Setlow Colloquium

Tuesday, Feb 1st, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Barry Setlow, Ph.D.
University of Florida College of Medicine

Sex, drugs, and getting old; influences on decision making and executive functions

Lara Rangel

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Lara Rangel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego

Chantal Stern

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Chantal Stern, D.Phil.
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Boston University

Tirin Moore

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Tirin Moore, Ph.D.
Stanford University


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Duane Watson, Ph.D.
Psychology and Human Development
Vanderbilt University


Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 - 11:00 AM

Juliet Davidow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Northeastern University

Adolescent Learning and Goal-Directed Behavior

Past Events - Colloquium Series 2021-2022

Nii Addy

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Nii Addy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yale School of Medicine

Cholinergic and L-type calcium channel regulation of substance use and mood disorder phenotypes in rodent models

Colloquium Series 2020-2021

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Kimberlei A. Richardson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Howard University College of Medicine

Opportunities and Obstacles: Investigating the Orexin System Beyond Food Preference

Co-sponsored by the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) and the UC Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN)

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Corey Harwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

Development and diversity of neural cell types in the septum


Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Kate M. Wassum, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles

Amygdala-cortical circuitry in reward learning and pursuit

Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D.
Behavioral Neuroscience Area
Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Frontocortical circuits in reward learning and choice under uncertainty
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Beth Stevens, Ph.D.
Boston Children's Hospital, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center
Harvard University

(Re) Defining Microglia Cell States and Function in Alzheimer’s Disease

Stacie Bilbo

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Staci D. Bilbo, Ph.D.
Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

Prenatal environmental stressors impair postnatal microglia function and behavior in male mice

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Charan Ranganath, Ph.D.
UC Davis

Memory at the scale of episodes: How the neocortex and hippocampus support memory for complex events

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Judith F. Kroll, Ph.D.
Language Science
University of California, Irvine

The consequences of bilingualism for the mind and the brain

Tuesday, Sept. 29th, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Julian F. Thayer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychological Science
UC Irvine

Why Should Cognitive Neuroscientists Care About the Vagus Nerve? A Neurovisceral Integration Perspective

Colloquium Series 2019-2020

Please note, many of the 2019/20 Colloquiums were postponed due to the the COVID-19 pandemic

Autumn Ivy

Tuesday January 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Autumn S. Ivy, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics
University of California, Irvine

Exercise during early life enables memory and synaptic plasticity: role of the epigenome
Colloquium Series

Tuesday November 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Robert Hunt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Anatomy & Neurobiology
University of California, Irvine

Interneurons and the control of memory precision

Colloquium Series 2018-2019


Tuesday May 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Michael Bienkowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Research Neurology
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Gene expression and connectivity reveal the multiscale organization of mouse hippocampal networks


Friday May 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Nikolai Axmacher, Ph.D.
Faculty of Psychology
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Ruhr-Universität, Bochum

Engram patterns: network codes for memory and navigation


Tuesday May 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Amar Sahay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Hippocampal Inhibition, Interference and Indexing

Tuesday April 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Brad Aimone, Ph.D.
Cognitive & Emerging Computing
Sandia National Laboratories

Computing as a Constraint to Understand the Hippocampus

Morgan Barense, Ph.D.

Tuesday February 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Morgan Barense, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
University of Toronto

Understanding Memory Disorders: At the level of Cognitive Process or Representational Content?

Lisa Giocomo Ph.D.

Tuesday February 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Lisa Giocomo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Stanford University

Identifying the Algorithms for Calculating Spatial Maps

Rebecca Shansky

Co-hosted with the Conte Center @ UCI
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Tuesday January 22, 2019 - 4:00PM  *Note alternate time*
Event Location: Telemedicine Theater, Medical Education Building

Rebecca Shansky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Northeastern University

Sex differences in fear processing


Tuesday December 4, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sara N. Burke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
University of Florida

Neural Network and Metabolic Mechanisms of Cognitive Aging

Colloquium Series 2017-2018


Tuesday May 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM
Linda Levine, Ph.D.

Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Bias in Predicted and Remembered Emotion


Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11AM
Sumner Norman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech

Brain-Computer Interfacing: From Replacing Function to Enhancing Human Potential


Paul Rapp, Ph.D.
Director, Traumatic Injury Research Program, Department of Defense
Uniformed Services University

Are CNS synchronization abnormalities corrected in response to successful neuropsychiatric treatment? A direct test.


Tuesday February 20, 2018 - 11AM
Elisabeth Murray, Ph.D.

Chief, Section on Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Laboratory of Neuropsychology
National Institute of Mental Health

Specializations for decision making in primate prefrontal cortex


Tuesday February 13, 2018 - 11AM
Mara Mather, Ph.D.

Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
University of Southern California

How the locus coeruleus increases cognitive focus during high arousal moments


Tuesday January 30, 2018 - 11AM
Majid Mohajerani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Canadian Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge

Mapping the spatiotemporal dynamics of hippocampal-cortical dialogue in health and Alzheimer’s disease


co-hosted with the MSTP and the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Monday January 8, 2018 - 4PM (note alternate day/time)
Loren Frank, Ph.D.

Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience
University of California, San Francisco
Neural substrates of memories and decisions


Friday December 8, 2017 - 11AM (note alternate day/time)
Fabio Ferrarelli, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Sleep spindle deficits in schizophrenia: when do they start?


Wednesday November 1, 2017 - 10AM (note alternate day/time)
Mark Gluck, Ph.D.

Co-Director, African American Brain Health Initiative
Professor of Neuroscience
Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience
Rutgers University

Fitness and lifestyle affect neural and cognitive risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease in older African Americans


Tuesday October 24, 2017 - 11AM
Elly Nedivi, Ph.D.

Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biology
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visualizing Synapse Structural Dynamics in vivo


Tuesday October 17, 2017 - 11AM
David Reinkensmeyer Ph.D.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine

Robotic assistance during movement training after stroke: A Hebbian Model?

Colloquium Series 2016-2017


Tuesday May 2, 2017 - 11AM
Elizabeth Buffalo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Washington School of Medicine

Bridging the gap between the spatial and mnemonic views of the hippocampus​.


Tuesday April 25, 2017 - 11AM
Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Director, Center for Memory and Brain
Boston University

The hippocampus: Mapping memories in space and time


Tuesday February 21, 2017 - 11AM
Robert Spitale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

Emerging Chemical Tools for Studying RNA: Applications to Neuroscience?


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11AM
Jason Shepherd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Utah, School of Medicine

Retroviral Origins of Synaptic Plasticity


Co-hosted with Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11AM

Bryce Mander, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Neural correlates of age-related disruption of sleep oscillation expression and sleep-dependent memory

Colloquium Series 2015-2016


Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 4 p.m.
Kei Igarashi, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine

Dissecting sensory-hippocampal circuit interactions during associative learning


Monday, March 28, 2016, 4 p.m.
Josef Parvizi, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

Numbers in the human brain: Eavesdropping on the activity of discrete populations of neurons in the human brain during arithmetic processing


Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4 p.m.
Jay McClelland, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford University

Integrating Rapid Neocortical Consolidation into Complimentary Learning Systems Theory


Thursday, December 10, 1 p.m.
Robert T. Knight, M.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Frontal Cortex Physiology and Human Behavior


Thursday, November 19, 4p.m.

Sheri J.Y. Mizumori, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Hippocampal neural activity reflects the economy of choices


Thursday, May 14, 4 p.m.
Warren H. Meck, Ph.D.
Duke University

Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing

Colloquium Series 2014-2015


Thursday, January 16, 11am
Charles Limoli, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine

Radiation- and chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction: Causes, consequences and treatments


Thursday, March 13, 11am
Aryeh Routtenberg, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Is mamallian NMDA-dependent long-lasting memory conserved in C. elegans?


Thursday, March 20, 11am
Loren Frank, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco

Neural substrates of memory retrieval and decision-making