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Research Advisory Board

The Director chairs the Research Advisory Board (RAB), composed of five eminent scientific leaders at UCI who have great expertise in the various elements critical to the Center.  They will periodically provide the Director with objective and non-conflicted evaluations for funding and assessment of research progress. 

Members of the RAB are: 

Michael Cahalan, PhD, a distinguished biophysicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences (Chair and Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine)  

John Weiss, MD, PhD, an expert in excitatory neuroreceptors and plasticity and a clinical neurologist (Professor, Neurology and Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine)

Larry Marsh, PhD, an expert in imaging, molecular genetic mechanisms of disease and drug discovery (Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences; Director, Developmental Biology Center, School of Biological Sciences)

Olivier Civelli, PhD, a distinguished academic neuropharmacologist and prior Vice President of Roche (Chair and Professor, Pharmacology and Eric L. and Lila D. Nelson Chair in Neuropharmacology, School of Medicine; Developmental & Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences;  Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Health Sciences) 

Marc Lerner, MD, an expert in diagnosis, education, treatment and clinical trials in neurodevelopmental disorders (Professor emeritus, UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics, and medical officer of the Orange County Department of Education.)