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Research

The BRI provides multiple mechanisms to invigorate research programs and support collaborations bringing together investigators from complementary fields. These mechanisms include: 

  • Organizational and fiscal support for meetings, program project and center grants, affinity groups, departmental and BRI symposia, and the weekly neuroscience seminar series.
  • Facilitation of research cores including microscopic techniques, confocal microscopy and electron microscopy.
  • Faculty recruitment and retention: The BRI participates in and supports faculty recruitment through BRI endowment funds and endowed Chairs, working collaboratively with UCLA departments and schools. The BRI also helps organize and staff various committees, and participates in space planning.
  • Oversight of three highly-productive research facilities within the Gonda building (approximately 20,000 square feet of premium laboratory space).
  • Organization of an annual Neuroscience Poster Session on the heels of the SFN meeting to enhance intra-UCLA collaborations. The session usually has approximately 200 posters and includes a lecture from a prominent neuroscientist. Recent speakers include Rachel Wang, and Nobel Prize winner, Martin Chalfie, Ph.D.
  • Research support via several term chairs/scholarships and donations to enhance targeted areas of research that are cutting edge and generative for the community, including the Leslie Term Chair in Innovative Brain Research, the Leslie Term Chair in Pioneering Brain Research, the Joanne and George Miller and Family Term Chair, Frances M. O’Malley Administrative Chair in Neuroscience History, and the Carol Moss Spivak Scholarship.
  • Publication of the BRI newsletter, Neuroscience News, which features member faculty and researchers’ achievements and activities.
  • Communication of neuroscience-relevant information to the academic and lay communities.
  • Funding of basic and clinical brain related research through BRI-CTSI Team awards, and more recently the BRI Core Voucher awards.

More summary information on current research activities here.