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Dr. Foster is appointed to the Study Section for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Center for Scientific Review

Published: June 13th, 2014

Category: News

Dr. Thomas C. Foster, the Evelyn F. McKnight Professor and Chair for Research on Cognitive Aging and Memory at the McKnight Brain Institute and the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida has been notified of his appointment to the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Foster’s appointment begins July 1, 2014 and concludes June 30, 2014. Appointments to this important Study Section are made from nominations of research scientists who have demonstrated competence and achievement in a specific scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of the research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Earlier in Dr. Foster’s career he also served as member on the study section from 1999-2004 under the original name of Integrative, Functional, & Cognitive Neuroscience – 7 (IFCN-7).

The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory [LAM] Study Section is responsible for the review of applications on the neurobiological structures, mechanisms, and principles underlying learning, memory, and associated neural plasticity. The scope of this committee is broad, including studies of the molecular and cellular changes, functional circuitry, and neural coding and integration that underlie learning and memory processes. Most importantly, all studies appropriate for LAM directly relate neural substrates to behavioral/cognitive processes.

Service on the study section requires a major commitment of time in completing the review of 30 to 40 grants per year spread over three to four meetings per year. Although requiring a major commitment of professional time and energy, participation in the study committee activities provides for an opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort in the important area of cognitive aging and memory loss associated with the aging process very compatible with Dr. Foster’s interest and research focus.

Dr. Foster was chosen for a three year appointment to a University of Florida Research Professorship in 2013 and is currently principal investigator on two grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) which includes a MERIT Award.