The Epilepsy Research Center (EpiCenter) was founded in 2002 with the mission of promoting epilepsy-related research at UC Irvine. It is now home to leading epilepsy researchers from across disciplines, providing an "incubator" for productive collaborative basic and translational research.
Among the many activities of our center, the monthly EpiCenter Seminar Series (now celebrating its 18th year) has been extremely popular with scientists and students alike. Every year, the seminar series attracts some of the key figures in epilepsy research (nationwide and international) to present their most recent findings at the forefront of the field. Our annual symposium is a day-long event in which faculty and students present and discuss their findings through short talks, an interactive poster session and a keynote lecture from an internationally renowned scientist.
In addition to these activities, the EpiCenter thus far has hosted three international symposia (2004, 2008, 2014) and is planning a third in Feburary 2014. These three-day events provide a platform for leading investigators from across the world to discuss the hottest topics in the field in a friendly and intimate atmosphere.
The EpiCenter provides several training and educational opportunities. Available funding includes the NIH T32 epilepsy-training grant, which supports postdoctoral fellows wishing to pursue research in any of our affiliated labs; the use of a biophysics approach and computational, imaging and molecular/genetic approaches.
Pre-doctoral students are supported through the various UC Irvine training programs, including the multi-disciplinary Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP). For both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, we offer the course “Epilepsy: A Window to Understanding Brain Plasticity,” which is taught by members of our faculty and provides an overview of key questions in contemporary epilepsy research.
The EpiCenter in numbers
- The UC Irvine EpiCenter is considered among the top five nationwide.
- The EpiCenter includes over 25 faculty members from more than 10 departments/institutes.
- The EpiCenter enables one of only two NIH T32 training grants in epilepsy in the U.S.
- In the past 18 years, over 100 speakers participated in the EpiCenter Seminar Series and annual symposia.
- Three international symposia were hosted by the EpiCenter and a third is planned in 2014.
- Currently active NIH funds on epilepsy in UC Irvine: $5,100,000 per year.
- Current multi-year awards for active EpiCenter members: $16,000,000.
We encourage new memberships of all levels. For further details/questions please contact us.
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD