Editorial Board

Editor in Chief                                      Senior Editorial Board                                         Advisory Board

The Editor in Chief

S. MURRAY SHERMAN

is Maurice Goldblatt Professor and Chairman in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago. His books include Functional Connections of Cortical Areas and Exploring the Thalamus and its Role in Cortical Function. Dr. Sherman is the author of more than 150 scientific papers, has served on the committees of several scientific organizations, and on the editorial boards of multiple journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Visual Neurosciences, and Thalamus and Related Systems. He has held visiting academic positions at universities in the UK and China. The main focus of Dr. Sherman's research is directed towards understanding thalamic functional organization through a variety of interdisciplinary techniques.

 

 

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The Senior Editorial Board

RUI COSTA

received his D.V.M. from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1996. He entered the GABBA graduate program from University of Porto in 1997, and performed his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Alcino Silva at UCLA from 1998 to 2002 followed by postdoctoral work with Dr. Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University. Dr. Costa became a Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health in 2006 and in 2009 became an Investigator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program. In 2010 he received an European Research Council Starting Grant, and the Seeds of Science Prize for Life Sciences. In 2012 he became an International Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience. In 2014, he was elected a member of EMBO, received the Silver Medal for distinct services from the Ministry of Health, Portugal, and was awarded the Order of Sant'Iago da Espada from the President of the Republic, Portugal. He was also awarded a Consolidator ERC grant and the Young Investigator Career Award from the Jean-Louis Jeantet Foundation. He served as Deputy Director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme from 2011 to 2013, and became a Director of CF Research in 2014. He is the President of the American-Portuguese Biomedical Research Fund and Vice-President of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience. His laboratory studies the neurobiology of action in health and disease. To study actions is to study the way we do things, which is different than studying how to remember stimuli, or facts and events. Some actions are innate or prewired (such as swallowing or breathing), but most are learned anew throughout life, likely through a process of trial and feedback. Dr. Costa’s laboratory uses genetic, electrophysiological, optical, and behavioural approaches to investigate the mechanisms underlying the generation and learning of novel actions.

 

 

PAUL KATZ

is a Distinguished University Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Center for Neuromics at Georgia State University. He uses sea slugs to understand how neuronal circuits operate and to explore how they might shed light on the evolution of neural circuits underlying behavior. His lab uses intracellular electrophysiology combined with computational techniques such as dynamic clamp and bioinformatics of transcriptomes to compare neural circuits in different species. Katz serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Invertebrate Neuroscience, and Brain, Behavior, and Evolution. He served as president of the International Society for Neuroethology and was co-director of the Neural Systems and Behavior course at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and has authored over 100 articles and chapters.

 

 

LORNE MENDELL

is currently Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University. He was awarded a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from McGill University in 1961. In 1965, he received a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from M.I.T. At Stony Brook he served as chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior from 1986 to 2006. He has previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology, President of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs, and President of the Society for Neuroscience. He is presently Chair of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Board of the State of New York as well as a Director of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. His research interests focus on neuroplasticity of the mammalian spinal cord.

 

 

EARL MILLER

is the Picower Professor of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 1990 from Princeton University. He has academic appointments in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

 

RANDY J. NELSON

is a Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at The Ohio State University School of Medicine.

He began his graduate career at Berkeley with work on canine behavioral sex differentiation with Dr. Frank Beach. After receiving his MA in Psychology in 1980, he began focusing on circadian rhythms and photoperiodism with Dr. Irving Zucker. He earned a PhD in Psychology in 1983, as well as a second PhD in Endocrinology in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Nelson then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology with Drs. Frank Bronson and Claude Desjardins at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas, Austin from 1984-1986.

He served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University from 1986 until 2000 where he was Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the faculty at OSU in the fall of 2000. Dr. Nelson has published over 200 research articles and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioral endocrinology, biological rhythms, immune function, sex behavior, and aggressive behaviors.

 

 

W. MARTIN USREY

is Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Professor of Neurology at UC Davis. His research is focused on understanding the functional properties of neural circuits that serve vision and the relationship between circuit activity, behavior and perception. He has authored over 70 publications and directed several international courses and conferences on sensory processing and thalamocortical relations. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The Usrey laboratory is home to Brainmaps.org, an interactive, high-resolution digital brain atlas and virtual microscope for students, educators, and researchers.

 

 

XIAO-JING WANG

is Global Professor of neural science and co-director of the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, both at New York University. He also serves as associate vice chancellor for research and co-director of NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at New York University Shanghai. Wang’s research aims at understanding the neurobiological mechanisms and computational principles of executive and cognitive functions. His group has pioneered recurrent circuit models of the prefrontal cortex, which is often called the “CEO of the brain.” In particular, Wang is known for his work on the neural basis of working memory and decision making.

 

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The Advisory Board

PATRICIA GASPAR

is a Research Director at Inserm in the "Institut du Fer à Moulin," a Neuroscience Center on brain development and plasticity. She is the current Director of Ecole de Neurosciences de Paris. She was trained as an MD in neurology in Paris at the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière and did her PhD at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris on the anatomy of dopaminergic systems in the human brain in relation to Parkinson’s disease. Her team focuses on the developmental mechanisms underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders. The team discovered unexpected developmental effects of serotonin on neural circuit development using genetic approaches in mice. Gaspar’s work has led to 100 publications that have been cited more than 6000 times.

 

MICHAEL SHADLEN

is Professor of Neuroscience and Principal Investigator of the Shadlen Lab at the Kavali Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University. He is the recipient of several awards including the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation, the McKnight Scholars Award for Research in Neuroscience, and the W. Alden Spencer Award. His work examines neurons in the association cortex that process information from the visual cortex to give rise to interpretations, decisions, and plans for behavior. His experiments combine electrophysiology and behavioral and computational methods to advance our knowledge of higher brain function.

 

 

STEPHEN WAXMAN

is Bridget M. Flaherty Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology and Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also Founder and Director for the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research. Dr. Waxman has published more than 600 scientific papers. He has as edited nine books, and is the author of Spinal Cord Compression and of Clinical Neuroanatomy (translated into eight languages). He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals including The Journal of Physiology, Brain, Annals of Neurology, Trends in Neurosciences, Nature Reviews Neurology, and Trends in Molecular Medicine, and is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience Letters. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Annual Prize of the British Physiological Society, an honor he shares with Nobel Prize laureates Andrew Huxley, John Eccles, and Alan Hodgkin. He most recently was honored with the Paul Magnuson Award of the Veterans Administration for his achievements in translation of laboratory advances into new therapeutic strategies for restoration of function after injury to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

 

 

ROBERT WURTZ

is Founding Chief and Senior Investigator of the NIH’s Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research. Dr. Wurtz was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1990, and he was President of the Society for Neuroscience in 1990. The focus of his research is the neurobiology of vision and eye movements.

 

 

 

 
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