Brain diseases present one of the greatest challenges to medical science in the 21st century. On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at an event called “Grey Matters: Unveiling Mysteries of Brain Disease,” UCLA physicians and scientists who are experts in brain diseases and conditions, such as autism, depression and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, discussed breakthroughs in research and what the future holds for treatments.
Held at the Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Grey Matters was presented by the UCLA Neuroscience Research Theme, a research priority of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Neuroscience Research Theme comprises multidisciplinary scientists and physicians across the UCLA campus who collaborate to accelerate investigations aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the brain. During the opening reception, faculty members, program directors and department chairs who are part of the Neuroscience Theme were on hand to field questions at “Meet the Experts” stations for autism, depression and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The evening proceeded with a welcome from Dr. Kelsey C. Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Gerald S. Levey, MD, Endowed Chair. Dr. Larry Zipursky, Jerome J. Belzer Chair for Medical Research and chair of the UCLA Neuroscience Research Theme, served as the moderator of a panel discussion with three scientists: Dr. Daniel Geschwind (RES ’95, FEL ’97), senior associate dean and associate vice chancellor for precision health, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics and an expert in the genetic basis of autism; Dr. Ming Guo (RES ’01, FEL ’02), P. Gene & Elaine Smith Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, whose research focus is Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases; and Dr. Jonathan Flint, Wilder Chair in Psychiatry and
Neuroscience, whose area of expertise is depression.
The panelists discussed how they began doing research in their field, what motivated them to investigate these areas, breakthrough moments in their research programs, what roadblocks they face in studying these diseases, what strategies are in development that will overcome those roadblocks and changes on the horizon for these conditions. A question-and-answer period followed, along with an opportunity for informal discussions.
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