NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats – 9th Annual Retreat

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

Friday, October, 27, 2023

Please visit the Photo and Video Gallery for the 9th Annual Retreat!

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

Biomedical Research Facility II (BRF2) – recently renamed Israni Biomedical Research Facility

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

Main presentation room and research posters: Floor 5, Room 5A03
Zoom-viewing/satellite room: Floor 3-A, Room 3A04

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

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


All times are Pacific Time Zone; actual start/end times may be slightly adjusted

8:00 – 9:00am: Sign-in and Welcome Breakfast (Floor 5, Room 5A03)

Lanyard name badges will be in Room 5A03; please use the QR code on the reverse side to access the meeting agenda on your mobile device.

9:00 – 10:05am: Session 1; Overview and Cores A – D

  • Abraham Palmer – P50DA037844; Overview and RATTACA; Breeding Core (on behalf of Leah Solberg-Woods)
  • Oksana Polesskaya – P50DA037844; Pilot Core, FAIR, REHU summer program

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

10:05 – 10:40am: Break (refreshments in 5A03 and 3A04) and Posters (5A03)

10:40am – 12:05pm: Session 2; P50 Projects

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

12:05 – 1:30pm: Lunch Buffet* (Floor 4, Room 4103) and Posters (5A03)

Flavors of Morocco Buffet; Pomegranate Chicken and Beef Kebabs, Vegetable Tagine, Saffron Rice, Moroccan Salad, Spiced Pita Chips, and Zaalouk (roasted eggplant and tomato dip)

(Cookies served during the lunch break and afternoon sessions in Rooms 5A03 and 3A04.)

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

1:30 – 2:50pm: Session 3; GWAS U01s

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

2:50 – 3:20pm: Break (refreshments in 5A03 and 3A04) and Posters

3:20 – 5:00pm: Session 4; GWAS U01s/R01s

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

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


5:00 – 5:30pm: External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting in Room 3A04

The EAB Meeting will be held in person in Room 3A04 with a private Zoom Breakout Room (“EAB Meeting”) to connect with remote members. All EAB members have been pre-assigned to the Breakout Room.


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

2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

6:00pm: Dinner reservation at Barbarella restaurant

(by invitation)

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

The restaurant is a 10- to 15-minute drive from campus (3 miles); it is within walking distance to La Jolla Shores Hotel (.25 miles)

See annotated maps below [jump to La Jolla area maps]


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for Center PIs and External Advisory Board members for the nights of October 26 and 27 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 and restaurant/hotel)

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 BRF2 building. You must manually enter the BRF2 address:

BRF2/Israni Biomedical Research Facility 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 UC San Diego campus, Barbarella restaurant, and La Jolla Shores Hotel.

Walking map – from La Jolla Shores Hotel to UC San Diego/BRF2

Updated December 21, 2023