By Jessie Yaros, Graduate Student in the Translational Neurobiology Laboratory “Those were the good old days”. Chances are you’ve expressed this statement yourself, or heard a parent or grandparent share the sentiment. Nostalgia is almost second nature for us, and seems like a healthy way to reflect on the past. Who wouldn’t want to reminisce…

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neuron representation

Our TiNS review “Neurocognitive aging and the hippocampus across species” is now online. Here are some of the trends we discuss in the article: The role of neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus in the context of neurocognitive aging has been recently revisited, given data suggesting that neurogenesis continues into older adulthood. The lateral entorhinal and…

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The time is almost here. The 25th annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference is on 9/12/2014. All information about it is here. You can still register for the program! Of particular note is Howard Federoff who is joining us from Georgetown to discuss the use of new blood lipid biomarkers for early/preclinical diagnosis and…

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Congratulations to Zach Reagh for being awarded the coveted Dr. William F. Holcomb Scholarship by the School of Biological Sciences! This award supports a graduate student in biomedical sciences and is in the amount of $2000. Zach is pictured here at the award ceremony with Dr. Mike Mulligan, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, on the left and Dr. Frank LaFerla, Dean of…

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New paper by graduate student Jared Roberts. Here he is with the paper pony! Roberts J.M., Ly, M., Murray, E., Yassa, M.A. (2014) Temporal discrimination deficits as a function of lag interference in older adults. Hippocampus DOI:10.1002/hipo.22303 Abstract A vital component of episodic memory is the ability to determine the temporal order of remembered events. Although it has been…

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Stock brain photo for pattern separation study

New paper by graduate student Stephanie Leal. Here she is holding the paper pony! Leal, S.L., Tighe, S.K., Jones, C.K., Yassa, M.A. (2014) Pattern separation of emotional information in  hippocampal dentate and CA3.Hippocampus DOI:10.1002/hipo.22298. Abstract: Emotional arousal, mediated by the amygdala, is known to modulate episodic memories stored by the hippocampus, a region involved in pattern separation (the…

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Jared and Craig Stark

Congratulations to Jared Roberts who was just awarded the John Haycock Memorial Travel Award. The award was established to honor John W. Haycock; friend and mentor to many, and an influential scientist. John’s family has established a memorial graduate student award named for John in the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine.…

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Graduate student Zach Reagh presented his NSF-supported research on Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers to members of Congress at Capitol Hill as part of an effort to increase awareness of the science supported by the National Science Foundation.

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New paper by Stephanie Leal just published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Leal, S.L., Tighe, S.K., Yassa, M.A. (2014) Asymmetric effects of emotion on mnemonic interference. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory DOI:10.1016/j.nlm.2014.02.013 Abstract Emotional experiences can strengthen memories so that they can be used to guide future behavior. Emotional arousal, mediated by the amygdala,…

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