UCLA Integrative Center for Learning and Memory

UCLA’s Integrative Center for Learning and Memory (ICLM) includes a diverse, highly collaborative community of neuroscientists exploring some of the most fundamental questions in science: how do we acquire, allocate, store, recall and alter our memories? What molecular, cellular, systems, and cognitive mechanisms are involved in this fascinating process? What are the causes of cognitive deficits?

Answers to these questions are not only transforming our vision of self, they are also having a profound impact in nearly every aspect of the human experience. By its very nature, this research is integrative and cross-disciplinary, incorporating molecular, cell biological, systems and behavioral level approaches to study synapses, neurons, circuits, brains and behavior.

The ICLM provides a cohesive identity and organizational structure that facilitates collaborations and interactions amongst a large community of scientists, including faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, working with a range of state–of-the art approaches from molecular and cell biology, to genetics, optogenetics, confocal and two-photon microscopy, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, structural and functional imaging, behavioral and cognitive tools, to name only a few.

Neuroscientists in ICLM have a long-track record of fundamental contributions to mechanisms of learning and memory, as well as to the causes and treatments of cognitive deficits associated with a range of neurologic and psychiatric conditions such as aging, learning disabilities, autism, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. ICLM is an inclusive organization. If you would like to join the Center simply contact us.

Highlights
  • Southern California Learning and Memory annual meeting is a key event organized by ICLM that provides an opportunity for post-docs and students in this field to meet, exchange ideas and expertise. The next meeting will be on June 2nd 2014 in the NRB auditorium in the UCLA Medical School Campus.
  • Biology of Learning and Memory is one of several graduate and undergraduate courses sponsored by ICLM.
  • ICLM Journal Club meets weekly and is a great opportunity for critical but friendly and constructive discussions of the later findings in the field.
  • The ICLM Learning and Memory Lecture is a yearly event sponsored by ICLM. It is not a "latest-research-findings-lecture", but instead is focused on discussions of the scientific process illustrated by the major findings of leading figures in the field of learning and memory. Past lecturers include Richard F. Thompson (2002), Edvard Moser (2003), Gary Lynch (2004), Stephen Lisberger (2005), Terrence Sejnowski (2008), Dr. Larry Squire (2009), Thomas Carew (2010), Greg Quirk (2011), Mark Mayford (2012), Robert Malinow (2013) and Leslie Ungerleider (2014)
  • Rich local learning and memory community. We are fortunate to have in Los Angeles other universities that also have strong learning and memory programs, including Caltech, UCSD, USC and UC-Irvine.
  • UCLA has one of the largest (>200 neuroscience laboratories) and most exciting neuroscience communities in the world. Just about every field of brain sciences, from clinical psychology to molecular neuroscience, is represented at UCLA. Despite its size, the academic environment is very collegial and interactive, with several seminar programs, journal clubs, retreats and special events, which provide countless opportunities for interactions and interchange of ideas.