Research & Educational Initiatives

KIBS provides a number of ongoing initiatives geared to enhancing the teaching and understanding of neuroscience, and honoring leading researchers in the field.


Neuroscience Seminar Series

KIBS sponsors the Department of Neuroscience’s weekly seminar series, hosting scientists from across the world who are taking innovative approaches to answering questions about neural circuitry. In addition to presenting a public seminar, speakers meet individually with faculty and have lunch with graduate students, affording multiple opportunities for brainstorming and collaboration. Seminars are held every Thursday at 12 noon on the Medical Center campus, in the Neurological Institute Auditorium.
Seminar Schedule


Neurolunch Seminar Series

KIBS, along with the NeuroTechnology Center, sponsors the Department of Biology’s weekly neuroscience seminar series. Presentations are held in a more informal setting, with lunch provided, to foster open discussion and debate. Neurolunch is held every Tuesday at 11:45am, in the Fairchild Biology Building on the main campus. Upcoming sessions will be announced on the News section of our home page.


Fred Kavli Lecture in Neural Plasticity

Visiting lectureship established in 2008 to bring distinguished scientists to our campus, where they can present their work and hold discussions with faculty and graduate students.

Past Recipients:
• 2010 – Giacomo Rizolatti, University of Parma, Italy; “Mirror Neutron: Interpretations and Misinterpretations”
• 2009 – Seth Grant, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; “Evolution and Organization of Synapse Complexity”
• 2008 – Roger Nicoll, University of California, San Francisco; “The Ins and Outs or Glutamate Receptor Trafficking”


Undergraduate Course in Neural Circuitry

This popular undergraduate science elective was developed by KIBS co-director Rafael Yuste; director Eric Kandel and co-director Thomas Jessell also contribute lectures. Students are encouraged to examine neuroscience in new ways and draw from the most current research. This course serves as an undergraduate capstone of the Neurobiology and Behavior major (course call number W4011, Neural Systems: Circuits in the Brain).


W. Alden Spencer Memorial Lecture and Award

KIBS partners with the Department of Neuroscience to present this annual award, established in 1978, which recognizes outstanding young investigators in neuroscience.

Recent recipients include:
• 2014 – Eric Gouaux, Vollum Institute and Oregon Health and Science University ("The Life of a Memory: Associative Memory Formation and Consolidation")
• 2012 – Allison Doupe and Michael Brainard, UCSF (No Lecture)
• 2011 – Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University ("Optogenetics: Development and Application")
• 2010 – Larry Zipursky, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (“Call Recognition and Wiring the Brain”); Mark Tessier-Lavigne, Genentech Inc. (“The Logic and Mechanisms of Axon Guidance, Regeneration and Degeneration”)
• 2009 – Michael Shadlen, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (“The Neurobiology of Decision Making: A Window on Cognition”)

Click here to see a full listing of recipients.