Learning and Memory 2018

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine, we will be hosting a major international conference on the neurobiology of learning and memory.


Thank you to everyone who submitted symposia, open papers, lightning talks and posters to participate in the conference. We are no longer taking submissions for talks, however, we have opened poster submissions for late-breaking abstracts through December 15.

Click here to submit your late-breaking poster abstract
Click to view Preliminary Program


LEARNMEM2018 has partnered with BrightFocus Foundation and SciTechEdit International to offer travel fellowships to support researchers traveling to and participating in the 2018 International Conference on Learning and Memory.

Click here to learn more

Registration and Housing

Registration and housing are now OPEN!

We are expecting 800-1000 attendees. Early registration is strongly advised. Traveling attendees are advised to book at the conference hotel. The hotel has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at a special rate. Click here for more information about travel/lodging.



Early-bird registration (July 1, 2017 - Sept30, 2017)

Regular registration (Oct 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017)

Late/Onsite registration (Jan 1, 2018 and beyond)

Registration Fees and Categories

The Conference dates are April 18-22, 2018

The Conference venue will be The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA.

Continuing medical education (CME)

This conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Up to 43 CME credits can be earned during this 5-day conference. CME registration is INCLUDED for all attendees at no additional cost, courtesy of the UC Irvine Office of the Dean of the School of Medicine. Onsite sign-in required. Click here to register.

Exhibit. Advertise. Sponsor

Special discounted registration available for exhibitors. Discounts available also for local businesses, government agencies and academic publishers. See our sponsorship page for details.


The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Huntington Beach, CA
More information on travel/lodging

Highlighted Speakers

Howard Eichenbaum

Boston University

Note: Professor Howard Eichenbaum, memory research pioneer, dear friend, and long-time colleague passed away on July 21, 2017 following spinal surgery. We are profoundly saddened by this tremendous loss and wish his family, friends and colleagues take comfort in knowing he was well loved, appreciated and deeply respected within the scientific community. Professor Eichenbaum was one of the first to confirm his participation as a plenary speaker in the conference. We are grateful to Dr. Neal Cohen, longtime friend and collaborator of Dr. Eichenbaum, who has graciously agreed to join and speak in his honor.

Carol Barnes

University of Arizona

Gyuri Buzsaki

New York University

Neal Cohen

University of Illinois

Ann Graybiel


Claudia Kawas

UC Irvine

Beth Loftus

UC Irvine

Gary Lynch

UC Irvine

Eleanor Maguire

University College London

Jim McGaugh

UC Irvine

Bruce McNaughton

UC Irvine

Richard Morris

University of Edinburgh

Lynn Nadel

University of Arizona

Liz Phelps

New York University

Dan Schacter

Harvard University

Reisa Sperling


Molly Wagster

National Institute on Aging

Keynote Speaker

Edvard Moser

Director, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience
NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Edvard Moser is a professor of neuroscience and director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim. He is interested in how spatial location and spatial memory are computed in the brain. His work, conducted with May-Britt Moser as a long-term collaborator, includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, which provides the first clues to a neural mechanism for the metric of spatial mapping.

He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 with May-Britt Moser and John O'Keefe for their work identifying the cells that make up the brain's positioning system.


Interested in exhibiting or sponsorship?

Many options to support the conference available.

Thank you to our partners!

The 2018 International Conference on Learning and Memory would not be possible without financial and logistical support from the University of California Irvine including the Schools of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, and Nursing, the Office of Research and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Generous support also comes from Dr. Renee Harwick, a long-time supporter of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. We are delighted to have the support of our nonprofit and commercial partners below. In particular, we thank Frontiers in Neuroscience for being our partner and headlining sponsor.


We will be exhibiting at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2017 Meeting in Washington DC November 11-15. We hope to see you there! Come by to learn about UC Irvine Brain Science, the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, as well as LEARNMEM2018. Drop by for prizes, giveaways and fun games! Booth #3428. 

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