2018 International Conference on Learning & Memory

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine, we will be hosting a major international research conference on the neurobiology of learning and memory.


The Conference venue will be the beautiful Hilton Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach, CA. All attendees who are not local are encouraged to stay at the Conference Hotel to get access to special perks and special conference housing rates.

We are now accepting proposals for symposia, open papers, lightening talks and posters on the conference website learnmem2018.org

This conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Up to 43 credits may be earned during this 5-day conference. Separate CME registration is required.

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Conference Themes

– Fundamental neurobiology of memory systems
– Memory loss in aging and dementia
– Spatial navigation and spatial memory
– Temporal processing and memory for time
– Brain rhythms and oscillations
– Sleep and links to brain health and disease states
– Epilepsy and neurological disorders
– Stress and psychiatric illness
– Drug addiction and relapse

Confirmed speakers include:

Carol Barnes, Ph.D. – University of Arizona
Gyorgy Buzsaki, M.D., Ph.D. – New York University
Neal Cohen, Ph.D. – University of Illinois
Ann Graybiel, Ph.D. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Claudia Kawas, M.D. – UC Irvine
Beth Loftus, Ph.D. – UC Irvine
Gary Lynch, Ph.D. – UC Irvine
Eleanor Maguire, Ph.D. – University College London
James McGaugh, Ph.D. – UC Irvine
Bruce McNaughton, Ph.D. – UC Irvine
Richard Morris, Ph.D. – University of Edinburgh
Lynn Nadel, Ph.D. – University of Arizona
Liz Phelps, Ph.D. – New York University
Daniel Schacter, Ph.D. – Harvard University
Reisa Sperling, M.D. – Harvard/MGH
Molly Wagster, Ph.D. – National Institute on Aging

Note: Professor Howard Eichenbaum, memory research pioneer, dear friend, and long-time colleague passed away on July 21, 2017 following spinal surgery. We are profoundly saddened by this tremendous loss and wish his family, friends and colleagues take comfort in knowing he was well loved, appreciated and deeply respected within the scientific community. Professor Eichenbaum was one of the first to confirm his participation as a plenary speaker in the conference. We are grateful to Dr. Neal Cohen, longtime friend and collaborator of Dr. Eichenbaum, who has graciously agreed to join and speak in his honor.

Keynote by:

Edvard Moser, Ph.D.
Edvard Moser is a professor of neuroscience and director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim. He is interested in how spatial location and spatial memory are computed in the brain. His work, conducted with May-Britt Moser as a long-term collaborator, includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, which provides the first clues to a neural mechanism for the metric of spatial mapping.

He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 with May-Britt Moser and John O’Keefe for their work identifying the cells that make up the brain’s positioning system.

Want to present at the conference?

Abstract and symposium submissions are now open! Click here for more information and to submit.

Symposium Proposals
Symposium proposals include 4 speakers including the chair and focus on a specific theme. Not all symposia can be accommodated and priority will be given to symposia that include a diversity of speakers including gender, race, nationality, and seniority level.

Open Paper Talks
Open papers are individual short (10 minute) talks by faculty members. The Program Committee will organize these talks by theme and possibly suggest symposia encompassing multiple open paper speakers. This is a great venue to share new and exciting data!

Lightning Talks
Lightning talks are very short rapid-fire talks by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Talks are only 5 minutes long followed by Q&A. Only 1 slide conveying one (and only one) key finding is permitted. Each day will feature multiple lightning talk sessions.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students,  may submit abstracts to present posters at the conferences. Poster sessions allow for a more intimate exchange with colleagues and enhanced visibility at the conference. Posters stay up for a full day.

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We have partnered with the BrightFocus Foundation and SciTechEdit International to offer Travel Fellowships in the amount of US$1,500 each to researchers traveling to and participating in the 2018 International Conference on Learning and Memory. The fellowships are supported by a generous grants from the BrightFocus Foundation and SciTech Edit International. Click here to learn more and to apply.

BrightFocus is a nonprofit organization that supports research to end Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma. BrightFocus is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. BrightFocus also provides educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others. Click here to learn more about BrightFocus Foundation. 

Click here to apply to the BrightFocus Travel Fellowship


SciTechEdit International works closely with you to help you to produce clear, well-constructed manuscripts describing your scientific, medical, and technical research findings for publication in English-language journals. SciTechEdit provides prepublication services, including editing, polishing, proofreading, and translation of scientific manuscripts. SciTechEdit is offering a 20% discount on Comprehensive Editing services to LEARNMEM2018 attendees (use promotional code CNLM2018). In addition, they are offering abstract editing at no charge!  Click here to learn more about SciTechEdit International.

Click here to apply to the SciTechEdit International Travel Fellowship