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Educational Programming

The Shiley-Marcos ADRC provides a wide array of professional education and training opportunities. See the information below to learn more about each of these opportunities.

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Neurodegeneration Seminar

About the Seminar

The Neurodegenerative Series is hosted by the UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos ADRC Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core. Prominent faculty speakers from institutions across the country and abroad present on a wide array of topics related to neurodegenerative disease, primarily Alzheimer's disease. 

Target Audience

The target audience is the academic community that includes resident and visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Attendees are primarily from the UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences, but there is significant representation from other UCSD departments as well as affiliated institutes and universities.

Dates & Time

Sessions are generally held virtually or in a hybrid format on the first and third Tuesdays of the month Septmember through May, from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. PST. To confirm upcoming dates and time, check our Events Calendar page.

To view recorded presentations, visit our Professional Development playlist on YouTube.

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 Upcoming Presentations 

Check back for presentations scheduled for September 2023-May 2024

Seminar Date Presenter Topic & More Information
January 3, 2023 Dr. Augustin Ibaniz, Global Brain Health Institute

Brain health bridges across the US and Latin America: From multicentric research to computational approaches to brain health diplomacy (PDF)

January 17, 2023 Dr. Rachel Whitmer, UC Davis Lifecourse Contributions to Dementia in Diverse Populations: Looking Back to Move Ahead (PDF).
February 21, 2023 Dr. Michael Grundman, Global R&D Partners, LLC Recognizing and Managing Amyloid Related Imaging Abnormalities (ARIA) (PDF)
March 7, 2023 Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, UC San Diego Update on Huntington's Disease (PDF)
March 21, 2023 Drs. Annie Hiniker, Melanie Estrella, and Doug Galasko, UC San Diego Clinical Pathologic Correlations: “Early onset Alzheimer’s Disease with Movement Abnormalities” (PDF)
April 4, 2023 Dr. John H Morrison, UC Davis

Synaptic Health, Cognitive Aging, and Monkey Models of Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF)

April 18, 2023* Dr. Jerome Mertens, UC San Diego, Salk Research Institute Direct neuronal reprogramming to study brain aging and Alzheimer's Disease (PDF)
May 16, 2023 Dr. Melissa Murray, Mayo Clinic 

Global neuropathologic severity of Alzheimer’s disease and locus coeruleus vulnerability influences plasma phosphorylated tau levels (PDF)

September 5, 2023* Dr. Adit Friedberg, UC San Francisco Neural Circuitry Underlying Visual Creativity: Insights from Frontotemporal Dementia
November 7, 2023 Dr. Edward Lee, University of Pennsylvania Untangling Dementia: VCP and Neurodegeneration
November 21, 2023 Dr. Alison Goate, Mount Sinai, New York Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s Disease: What this tells us about disease mechanism?
December 5, 2023 Dr. Kennan Walker, 
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Biomarkers and Peripheral Drivers of Dementia Identified Using Plasma Proteomics
December 19, 2023 Dr. Heidi Jacobs, Harvard, Massachusettes General Hospital Locus Coeruleus Neuroimaging: the Road to Detect the Pre-preclinical Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

* Hybrid presentation format with in-person and zoom option

Archived Presentations 2021-2023

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To view recorded presentations, visit our Professional Development playlist on YouTube.

*Supported by SMADRC grant: P30 AG062429 & Training grant: 1T32AG066596-01

Lunch & Learn

About the Series

The Lunch and Learn Series is hosted by the UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos ADRC Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core. This monthly educational series is designed to provide ongoing training and development opportunities and strengthen relationships between members of the ADRD research community at UCSD. Research staff, trainees, and volunteers are invited to learn from faculty presenters on a wide array of topics addressing neurodegenerative diseases and research projects. The presentations will enable attendees from diverse backgrounds to share a common understanding of the underlying pathology, clinical presentation, and research implications of the neurodegenerative diseases under investigation at the Shiley-Marcos ADRC and affiliated labs. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the breadth of research underway and the wide variety of studies utilizing our ADRC resources, including participants, data, and biosamples.

Dates & Time

Sessions are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 12 p.m. - 1p.m. PST. To confirm upcoming dates and time, check our Events Calendar page.

Due to COVID-19, all sessions are currently held virtually. 

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 Upcoming Presentations 2023

Seminar Date Presenter Topic & More Information
January 10, 2023

Jonathan Tague, Aging and Independence Services

Mandated Reporting of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse (PDF)
February 14, 2023 Gabriel Leger, MD, UC San Diego Frontotemporal Dementia (PDF).
May 9, 2023

Alison Headley, MD, UC San Diego

Alzheimer's Disease and Epilepsy (PDF).
June 13, 2023 Sharon Thompson, PhD,  UC San Diego

The MADURA Program: Mentorship for Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Research on Aging (PDF)

July 11, 2023 Steven Huege, MD, UC San Diego Management of Behavioral Disturbances in Neurocognitive Disorders (PDF).
August 8, 2023 Special Presentation from the Sanford Institute for  Empathy and Compassion

'Hearing Myself Think'

September 12, 2023 Diane Jacobs, PhD, UC San Diego

Conjunctive Binding as a Cognitive Marker in Preclinical AD (PDF)

October 10, 2023 Anne Neveu, PhD, UC San Diego

What makes a proficient speaker? Testing bilinguals in a clinical setting (PDF)

November 14, 2023 Zvinka Zlatar, PhD, UC San Diego Ethnic differences in the association of subjective cognitive decline and cognitive performance (PDF)
December 12, 2023 Barton Palmer, PhD, UC San Diego Aging, Memory, and Social Connection 

Archived Presentations 2021-2023

Professional Development playlist on YouTube to view recorded presentations.

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*Supported by SMADRC grant: P30 AG062429 & Training grant: 1T32AG066596-01

Data Blitz

About the Series

For more than 35 years the Neuroscience Community in San Diego has been a leader in basic and clinical research into the cause, effects, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. This long and distinguished tradition has been made possible by the expertise and vision of the diverse body of neuroscientists that makes up our community, and by the collaborative spirit that characterizes their scientific endeavors.

In order to continue and enhance this tradition of cutting-edge collaborative research, the Shiley-Marcos ADRC will host a "Data Blitz" in which leading research scientists from UCSD, Scripps, Salk, Burnham, and SDSU will give very brief presentations of their most recent and exciting findings on Alzheimer's disease, neurodegeneration, and brain aging.

We hope that this event will help investigators currently working in these areas, or interested in doing so, to become familiar with the breadth and depth of research being carried out by their colleagues and to identify resources and potential collaborations that will enhance their own research efforts.

Dates & Times

The next event date is TBD.

Data Blitz is hosted every couple of years. Join our list to receive updates about the next event. To subscribe to the list, send an email to:

SoCal ADC Conference

About the Conference

The annual Southern California Alzheimer's Disease Research Conference shares the latest advances in research and cares with the local community. Reaching a diverse audience of over 400 clinicians, researchers, students, aging-services providers, and caregivers, the conference brings together internationally renowned experts on a unique theme each year to address our nation's progress in the battle against Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Dates & Time

The next event date is TBD.

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Clinical Core Case Conference Presentations

About the Presentations

Oral presentations are made by a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists, psychometrist, social workers, and pathologists of select longitudinal study participants' charts. Recent medical publications and national meetings' presentations are also discussed and summarized.  Invited presentations by affiliated UCSD PI's or study coordinators regarding new studies on AD and dementia for which ADRC study participants may also be eligible.  Attendees include faculty, staff, and trainees.

Dates & Times

The next event date is TBD.

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Annual Shiley Endowed Lecture

About the Lecture

The Shiley Endowed Lecture Series in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRC) research is an annual invited lecture. Prominent scholars renowned for groundbreaking work in the field are invited to travel to San Diego to present their work. This lectureship is made possible through a generous donation from the Shiley Foundation. Scholars, students, and community members are invited to attend at no cost and take advantage of the networking opportunity following the presentation.

Dates & Times

The next event date is TBD.

The Shiley lecture is offered every couple of years.  To receive notification about the next event subscribe to our mailing list.  To subscribe, send an email to

Special Events

The SMADRC hosted an iPSC Core Information Exchange Event on Wednesday 4/13/22. To view a recording from the event, click here.


CME Conference

About the Conference

The Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the San Diego Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) co-host an annual CME conference.  

Dates & Times

The 2021 conference, "Pivoting During the Pandemic: Biopsychosocial Considerations in Neurodegeneration", was held virtually via Zoom on 6/2/21.  

The next event date is TBD. 

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Cognitive Interest Group

​About the Group

The Cognitive Interest Group is a monthly discussion group comprised of scholars from a variety of disciplines interested in discussing the latest research in the field of neuropsychology as it pertains to cognition and aging.

Dates & Time

2nd Wednesday of the month from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. To confirm upcoming dates and time, check our Events Calendar page.

To Register

Email Dr. Salmon to be added to the distribution list.