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Organized Research Units


Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

The mission of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine is to increase understanding of how we acquire, retain and retrieve memories. Using a wide variety of experimental techniques, our scientists investigate memory at multiple levels of analysis.

Director: Michael Yassa, Ph.D.


Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities and continues to develop new major resources to help us achieve our goals.

Co-Director: Joshua D. Grill, Ph.D.

Co-Director: Frank M LaFerla, Ph.D.
Email: laferla@uci.edu


Reeve-Irvine Research Center

The RIRC is a basic science research facility devoted to the study of repair, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury. The mission of the RIRC is to find new treatments for spinal cord injury through the collaborative research and educational efforts of prominent scientists and clinicians both at the University of California, Irvine and around the world.


Center for Hearing Research

The Center for Hearing Research at UC Irvine is a multidisciplinary group of scientists spanning eight Departments in five Schools, who are bound by a common interest in hearing research.

Director: Fan-Gang Zeng


Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, a CIRM Institute

The Sue & Bill Gross Hall Stem Cell Research Center train researchers through a number of techniques Courses put on each year; provide state-of-the-art tissue culture facilities for campus researchers interested in doing stem cell research; test new technologies and products and bring them to our researchers to enhance their work methodologies and more.

Director: Sidney Golub, Ph.D.


Center for Autism Research

The mission of the UC Irvine Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART) is to develop the first transformative treatment of autism within five years.


The Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN)

The UC Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN) is committed to understanding the neurobiology of drug abuse and addiction.  The faculty have expertise in basic and clinical research within the areas of alcohol, nicotine, stimulant, opioid, and prescription medication drug abuse.  The center provides an environment in which faculty come together to address major research questions, enhance the education and training of students and postdoctoral trainees, and engage the community through public awareness and outreach programs.