YKavli March Lunch

Event Dates: 
Mar 11, 2020 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) hosts meetings for early career researchers to help foster their research community at UCSD. Our goal is to bring early career researchers (non-faculty) together so they can meet, network and share research. This event is open only to EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS (grad student/ postdoc/ project scientist).

This luncheon consists of a few short, informal talks by early career researchers, followed by a networking social hour. Lunch will be provided by KIBM.


Christian Cazares - Modulation of Cortical Representations of Decision-Making from Alcohol Dependence​

Abstract: Daily life involves making decisions based on choices that must be continuously evaluated to select the most appropriate course of action. Disorders of decision-making, such as alcohol use disorder, can surface when the underlying neurobiology of decision-making goes awry. While neurobiological investigations have identified a key role for orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) computations in decision-making, the specific neural mechanisms underlying these computations and their disruption in addiction are unknown. I will present my findings on how I’ve used extracellular recording techniques to establish how OFC representations of decision-making actions during an instrumental lever pressing task are significantly altered following induction of alcohol dependence.

Bio: Christian Cazares is a 4th year PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, and is currently doing his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Christina Gremel at UC San Diego. When not in the lab, Christian skateboards and runs a graduate organization (Colors of the Brain) that aims to mentor underrepresented  undergraduate students interested in applying to STEM PhD programs.


Please RSVP at https://ykavlimar20.eventbrite.com

Chair: Swetha Godavarthi