The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior: “Growth Factors and Memory Formation”

Date(s) - 07/18/2012
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speck Auditorium

The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior
“Growth Factors and Memory Formation”
Thomas J. Carew, New York University
July 18, 2012, Speck Auditorium, 8:00 PM


CarewDr. Thomas J. Carew is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University, where he is also a Professor of Neural Science.

Dr. Carew received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, an elected Member of the Society for Experimental Psychology, an elected Fellow of the AAAS, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a past Councilor of the Society for Neuroscience. He is also the recipient of several awards, including a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Yale College Dylan Hixon Prize for excellence in teaching in the natural sciences, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research at UCI. He is a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards.

Dr. Carew’s research interests center on behavioral, cellular, and molecular analyses of brain mechanisms underlying learning and memory.





John G. Nicholls is Professor of Neurobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy (SISSA).  He was born in London in 1929 and received a medical degree from Charing Cross Hospital and a Ph.D. in physiology from the Department of Biophysics at University College London, where he did research under the direction of Sir Bernard Katz.  He worked at University College London, at Oxford, Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities and at the Biocenter in Basel, before moving to SISSA, Trieste. With Stephen Kuffler, he made experiments on neuroglial cells and wrote the first edition of “From Neuron to Brain” which is soon to appear in its fifth edition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the Mexican Academy of Medicine, the recipient of the Venezuelan Order of Andres Bello and of Honorary degrees from the University of Tasmania and the University of Trieste.  He has given laboratory and lecture courses in neurobiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor, and at universities throughout the world.  His work concerns synaptic transmission and regeneration of the nervous system after injury, which he studied first in an invertebrate, the leech, and then in the immature mammalian spinal cord.  Since 2004, he has studied neural mechanisms that give rise to the rhythm of respiration.

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