Professor & Senior VP- Neuroscience Drug DiscoverySanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Neuroscience, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation oncUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Isaac Yang, M.D., is a nationally renowned neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors, superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD), and skull base brain surgery at UCLA. Yang is a board-certified neurosurgeon and director of medical student education for the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery; an associate professor of neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, and radiation oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a principal investigator at the UCLA brain tumor laboratory. Yang is highly sought out by peers, patients and the media for his expertise in neurological diseases and brain health. He has made multiple TV appearances on Good Morning America, CBS' The Doctors, Dr. Drew LifeChangers, and several national news outlets. Originally from Lodi, Calif., Yang developed an interest in neurobiology as an undergraduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree with Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. His training followed with a medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Yang completed a neurological surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco, as well as an NRSA NIH-funded F32 postdoctoral brain tumor research fellowship. Yang’s clinical focus has been primarily on brain tumors, both glioblastoma and skull base tumors. His research efforts have examined antigen expression and manipulation of the immune response to glioblastoma. His work was recognized by a UCSF Clinical and Translational Scientist Training Award and the CNS Dandy Clinical Research Fellowship. Yang has been the recipient of several distinguished regional and national awards, including the UCSF Medical Center 2010 Exceptional Physician Award, the AANS Integra Brain Tumor Research Award, San Francisco Neurological Society Edwin Boldrey Award for Basic Science Research, American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons Research Award, Kaiser Award for Clinical Research, the national AANS Leksell Radiosurgery Award, and the Tumor Section Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. Yang has published more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and authored more than half a dozen book chapters. At UCLA, he is investigating the use of nanoparticles and nanotechnology for their application in brain tumor immunotherapy and vaccines. Dr. Isaac Yang is dedicated to improving the care and treatment of all patients undergoing neurosurgery. If interested please follow Dr. Yang on Facebook at Isaac Yang UCLA Neurosurgery or find his most recent book, Service Minded Physician, on Amazon.
I have almost 40 years of experience in the field of alcoholism research, with much of my work focusing on the molecular sites and mechanisms of alcohol action in brain. My group has extensive experience with mouse behavioral models of alcohol consumption and dependence and was involved in some of the initial studies of the neuroimmune basis of alcohol dependence. Profiling brain gene expression is key to understanding addiction, and we were among the first to study the human brain transcriptome. We have implemented microRNA profiling and next-generation sequencing to extend our studies of molecular remodeling by alcohol in human and mouse brain. We study the genetic overlap in human alcoholics and animal models of alcohol dependence and examine the neurobiological systems involved. My research encompasses the fields of genomics, behavior, systems biology, and bioinformatics. Overall, my work has combined functional, structural, behavioral, and genomic approaches to define sites of alcohol action. Currently, I am Associate Director of the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin and previously served as Director for 20 years. I am also the Consortium Director for the Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA)-Neuroimmune, where our goal is to identify and test candidate drugs that may be repurposed to treat alcohol use disorders.
Clive Wynne studies dogs and the human-dog bond. He studies the evolution, development and dynamics of this bond. His specific focus for research is the behavior of dogs and their wild relatives. His most recent book, "Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You," explores the unique characteristics of canines and their relationship to humans. Among other topics, Wynne’s research group studies the ability of pet dogs to react adaptively to the behaviors of the people they live with; the deployment of applied behavior analytic techniques to the treatment of problem behaviors; the behaviors of shelter dogs that influence their chances of adoption into human homes; improved methods for training sniffer dogs; and the development of test banks for studying cognitive aging in pet dogs. Clive Wynne is a Professor of Psychology, director of the Canine Science Collaboratory and co-author of the book "Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behavior and Cognition." His newest book is “Dog is Love.”
Dr. Stephanie D. Preston is the head of the ENL and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She completed an MA and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied the biological bases of hoarding in animals. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine studying the neural substrates of decision making. She is interested in the intrinsic effects of emotion on decision making, particularly decisions about resources such as material goods, money, food, and social support.