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Common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) visual neurons labeled with GFP. GFP (green) expressed by neurons projecting from lobula complex to the central brain of the fruit fly. Synaptic protein bruchpilot (magenta) staining labels synapses in the fly brain.  

Image by Mehmet Keles from the laboratory of Mark Frye.  

 

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Neuroscience News Featured Article

BRI PHYSIOLOGISTS CHALLENGE TRADITIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT

Image: Homology model of a P2X channel, with the pore lining second transmembrane domain shown in
grey, courtesy of the Khakh laboratory. More about Dr. Khakh here.
 

Varghese John

Introducing the BRI's New Member

VARGHESE JOHN, PhD

The BRI welcomes new member Varghese John, PhD. John, an associate adjunct professor of neurology and principal investigator in the department’s new Drug Discovery and Translational Laboratory. He is also co-director of the Alzehimer’s Drug Development Network. John is an accomplished medical chemist who develops new therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other research interests include development of new treatment approaches for traumatic brain injury, and glioblastoma multiforme. John joins UCLA from the Buck Institute for Research and Aging.

Image: John (second from left) and his drug discovery team (l to r): Jesus Campagna Barbara Jagodzinska, and Patricia Spilman.

Varghese John

In the News

NEW BLOOD TEST PROVIDES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Dr. Liana Apostolova, BRI member and director of the neuroimaging laboratory at the Mary Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA leads a study that provides the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The blood test would be safe, affordable and easy to administer in large groups or in rural areas. More here.

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May 19th, 2015

UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience presents
The 23rd Annual Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture

NEELROOP PARIKSHAK
Laboratory of Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD
"Insights into the molecular underpinnings of autism from the analysis of gene expression in human brain"

Hosted by Felix Schweizer, PhD
4pm Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

 

May 26th, 2015

UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience presents
EVAN EICHLER, PhD
Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Seattle, Washington
"Genome structure, neurocognitive disease and evolution"

Hosted by Carrie Bearden, PhD
4pm Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

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