Christophe Bernard INSERM
Christophe Bernard is the director of research at INSERM U1106 in the Institute of Systems Neuroscience. Bernard has performed research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, conducted postdoctoral research at Southampton University, and received his PhD from the University of Paris VI in 1990. Bernard is interested in mechanisms underlying the construction of an epileptic brain as well as seizure genesis and propagation, focusing on temporal lobe epilepsy. Bernard's lab is designing and using new tools to help with epileptic research. He was awarded the Michael Prize for epilepsy in 2007, and the Felix Innovation Prize for the development of the organic transistor to record brain activity in 2013, and has received fellowships from NATO, the Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation, and the Philippe Foundation. Bernard has been a reviewing editor for The Journal of Neuroscience and Science, and he has served on the Program Committee at SfN and the Program Committee at the Federation of European Neuroscience.
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Timothy Bussey, PhD University of Cambridge
Tim Bussey is the Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Bussey works in the general area of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. One of his contributions has been to develop and test a theory of the organisation of cognition in the temporal lobe and beyond, which has resulted in dozens of publications and now drives work in a number of international laboratories. Another of Professor Bussey’s research goals is the development of improved methods for cognitive testing in preclinical animal models. In December 2010, Bussey was elected as Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for “sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology”, and this summer was elected to the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS) executive committee. Bussey has published over 120 articles and one book, and has given many invited talks on his work around the world. He has acted as a reviewer for over 40 scholarly journals, as well as UK and international funding bodies, and regularly examines PhD theses at UK and international universities.
Valina L. Dawson, PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Valina Dawson is a Professor and Director of the Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell programs in the Institute for Cell Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research seeks to discover and define cell signaling pathways that lead to either neuronal survival or neuronal death important in stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Her laboratory has defined the cell death signaling cascade of Parthanatos. She discovered and characterized the novel survival proteins Iduna, Botch and Thorase. Dawson is an elected fellow of the AAAS and of the American Heart Association. She has served the Society for Neuroscience on the Program Committee, Professional Development Committee, Committee on Women in Neuroscience, and as Reviewing Editor and Senior Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience.
Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD University of Maryland
Margaret (Peg) McCarthy received a BA and MA in Biology from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a PhD from the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers University, Newark NJ. She received postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and spent one year at NIH as a National Research Council Fellow. McCarthy joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and was a professor in the Department of Physiology for 18 years before becoming the Chair of the Department of Pharmacology in 2011. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her mentoring of graduate students. McCarthy has a long standing interest in the cellular mechanisms establishing sex differences in the brain. She uses a combined behavioral and mechanistic approach in the laboratory rat to understand both normal brain development and how these processes might go selectively awry in males versus females. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts on these topics. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1994 and that same year she received the Frank A. Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. She is a previous Editor at Endocrinology and is currently an Associate Editor at The Journal of Neuroscience. She is former Associate Editor of Hormones and Behavior, past Secretary of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, President-elect of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2009.
David McCormick, PhD Yale University
David McCormick is the Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine. David received his PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University, where he also performed his postdoctoral work. His research focuses on the neural circuits of state-dependent activity in the forebrain, including the neocortex and thalamus, how neuromodulatory transmitter systems control these circuits, and how this ongoing control influences behavior. The goal of his laboratory is to reveal the complete circuit, from ionic channels to neurons to behavior, underlying neuronal and behavioral variance in waking behavior. David is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Freda D. Miller, PhD Hospital for Sick Children
Freda Miller is a Professor and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. Her research has focused upon growth factor signaling in the developing nervous system, with a particular focus on how neurotrophic factors regulate the genesis, survival and growth of neurons. In particular, her laboratory has defined an interplay between the TrkA and p75 neurotrophin receptors that regulates the biology of developing neurons, has defined key roles for the p53 family in the brain, has identified and characterized the first dermal stem cell, and has defined how growth factors encountered in the embryonic environment regulate the self-renewal and differentiation of developing neural precursors. In recognition of this work, she has won numerous awards, and is an HHMI Senior International Research Scholar, and an elected fellow of the AAAS and of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition, this work has led to her role as a founder in two different biotechnology companies. Miller was a Councillor and Secretary for the Society for Neuroscience, President of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, and is currently the incoming President-Elect of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience. She has been a Reviewing Editor at The Journal of Neuroscience and is currently on the editorial boards of Cell Stem Cell, Trends in Neuroscience, eLife, and Progress in Brain Research.
Serge E. Przedborski, PhD, MD Columbia University
Serge Przedborski is the Page and William Black Professor of Neurology. He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Neurology, Pathology and Cell Biology and is the Co-Director of the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease, the Vice-Chair of Neurology and a faculty member of the graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University. Dr. Przedborski attended medical school at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, and did his internship and residency in Neurology and Psychiatry at the ULB-Erasme Academic Medical Center, Belgium. He obtained both his MD degree (1983) and then a PhD degree in neurological sciences (1991) from the ULB. He then did a fellowship in movement disorders with Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University, where he became Assistant Professor in 1991. The research conducted in Dr. Przedborski’s laboratory is geared toward unraveling the molecular basis of neurodegeneration and devising therapeutic strategies to hamper the processes that cause neuronal death, the source of many debilitating disorders. In keeping with this goal, to what extent and by which mechanisms do cell-autonomous and non-cell autonomous deleterious processes contribute to the demise of specific subpopulation of neurons in neurodegenerative disorders, such as PD and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), represent a main line of research in his laboratory. These research efforts are supported by federal grants from both NIH and the DoD and by private agencies including the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, MDA, ALSA, Project-ALS, and P2ALS/Target-ALS. Dr. Przedborski was a Senior Editor for The Journal of Neuroscience and an Associate Editor of Movement Disorders.