NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats – 10th Annual Retreat

(formerly the NIDA P50 Center for Genetic Studies of Drug Abuse in Outbred Rats: P50DA037844)

Friday, September, 6, 2024

We look forward to seeing you in September in San Diego!

UC San Diego*
3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy.
La Jolla, CA 92093

Israni Biomedical Research Facility (“BRF-2”)

*See address note and campus map below [jump to maps]

Main presentation room and research posters: Floor 5, Room 5A03

Breakfast reception and lunch: Floor 1, Room 1104 and patio

Retreat hosts:

Abraham Palmer, PhD – [email protected]invitation to attend the Retreat (either in-person or remotely)

Oksana Polesskaya, PhD – [email protected]Retreat talks and research poster information

April Jones – [email protected]general Retreat information, hotel reservations, accounting/travel reimbursements, Zoom/remote support


Pacific Time. Tentative agenda; times are approximate. A brief Q&A will follow each talk.

8:00 – 9:00am: Sign-in and Breakfast Reception (Floor 1, Room 1104)

Lanyard name badges will be in Room 1104; please use the QR code on the reverse side to access the meeting agenda on your mobile device.

9:00am: Session 1; Welcome, Overview of Cores

  • Abraham Palmer
  • Oksana Polesskaya

10:00 – 10:30am: Break (refreshments in 5A03 and 1104) and Posters (5A03)

10:30am – 12:00pm: Session 2

12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch Buffet* (Floor 1, Room 1104) and Posters (5A03)

*some items vegetarian/vegan/gluten friendly; please inquire if you have dietary restrictions.

1:30 – 2:50pm: Session 3

2:50 – 3:20pm: Break (refreshments in 5A03 and 1104) and Posters (5A03)

3:20 – 5:00pm: Session 4

5:00 – 5:30pm: Open discussion in Room 5A03


5:00 – 5:30pm: External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting (Room TBA)

The EAB Meeting will be held in person (BRF-2 room number TBA) with a private Zoom Breakout Room (“EAB Meeting”) to connect with remote members. All EAB members will be pre-assigned to the Breakout Room.


5:30pm: Personal transportation (personal car or rideshare)* to PI dinner:

6:00pm: Dinner reservation at restaurant (TBA)

(by invitation)

*Remember to use the BRF2 address for your rideshare pick-up location: 3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy., La Jolla, CA 92093


We will reserve a block of hotel rooms for Center PIs and External Advisory Board members for the nights of September 5 and 6 at La Jolla Shores Hotel [8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037; phone: (855) 923-8058].

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you wish to reserve a room in our block.

See maps at the bottom. (driving and walking directions for hotel/campus)

UC San Diego campus map

UC San Diego address note: do not use the main campus address (9500 Gilman Dr.) when mapping/using rideshare—it will not lead you to the BRF-2 building. You must manually enter the BRF-2 address:

Israni Biomedical Research Facility/”BRF-2″ drop-off: 3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy., La Jolla, CA 92093

Visitor Parking available at the South Parking Structure and the Gilman Parking Structure. Please use the Park Mobile app or a payment station inside the structures.

  • South Parking Structure: 3101 Biomedical Sciences Wy., La Jolla, CA 92093
  • Gilman Parking Structure: 9375 Russell Ln., La Jolla, CA 92093

La Jolla area map

(showing driving directions between UC San Diego campus and La Jolla Shores Hotel)

Walking map

(from La Jolla Shores Hotel to UC San Diego/BRF-2)

Updated June 3, 2024