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

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

Friday, October, 27, 2023


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

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

Follow event signage; check-in on the 5th floor.

*Address note: do not use the main campus address (9500 Gilman Dr.) when mapping/using rideshare—it will not lead you to BRF2. You must manually enter the BRF2 address (3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy.).

Campus map
(see annotated maps at the bottom)

If you are interested in attending the Retreat, please contact Abraham Palmer –


All times are Pacific Time Zone

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

9:00 – 10:10am: Session 1; Overview and Service Cores

Main presentation room: 5A03 (Floor 5)
Zoom-viewing/satellite room: 3A04 (Floor 3-A)

Abraham Palmer – Overview, and RATTACA; 35 min.
Leah Solberg Woods (via Zoom) – Breeding Core; 15 min.
Oksana Polesskaya – Pilot Core, FAIR, REHU summer program (summary over the 10 years, lessons learned); 20 min.

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

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

10:40am – 12:00pm: Session 2; P50 Projects

Paul Meyer (Project 1; Project 3 on behalf of David Dietz); 25 min.
Hao Chen (Project 2); 20 min.
Trey Ideker (Project 4); 20 min.

(there may be extra time for Q&A at the end of Session 2, or we will break slightly early for lunch and posters)

12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch buffet* (Floor 4, Room 4103) and Posters

(*vegetarian, vegan, and gluten friendly)

1:30 – 3:10pm: Session 3; GWAS U01s/R01s

Olivier George (U01DA043799 and U01DA044451); 20 min.
Peter Kalivas (U01DA045300); 20 min.
Tom Jhou (U01DA044468); 20 min.
Suzanne Mitchell (U01DA046077); 20 min.
Giordano deGuglielmo (R01AA029688 and R01AA030048); 20 min.

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

3:40 – 5:00pm: Session 4

Francesca Telese (U01DA050239 and U01DA051972); 20 min.
Haky Im (R01AA029688 and PTRS); 20 min.
Pejman Mohammadi (U01 application); 20 min.
Melissa Gymrek (U01 DA051234); 20 min.

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


5:00 – 5:30pm: EAB meeting in Room 3A04


5:30pm: Personal transportation to PI dinner at Barbarella restaurant:

2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

6:00pm: Dinner at Barbarella Restaurant

(by invitation)

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

See map at the bottom.


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for Center PIs and 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 map at the bottom.

Retreat hosts:

Abraham Palmer, PhD –

Oksana Polesskaya, PhD –

For administrative support: (April Jones) – general Retreat/event information, hotel reservations, accounting/reimbursements.

UC San Diego campus map

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.

Updated September 26, 2023