Gary Westbrook to Lead The Journal of Neuroscience
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GARY WESTBROOK TO LEAD THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE
WASHINGTON, DC September 18 - Gary Westbrook, MD, a senior scientist and professor of neurology at the Vollum Institute at the Oregon Health and Science University, has been named editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience.
He will assume his duties on January 1, 2003. Westbrook has served on The Journal's editorial board since 1995, most recently serving as senior editor for cellular and molecular neuroscience. The Journal is published by the Society for Neuroscience.
Westbrook earned his MD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1976 after pursuing undergraduate work in zoology and graduate study in biomedical engineering. He served as an intern at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Boston and was a resident at the Washington University School of Medicine. After completing his clinical training in internal medicine and neurology in 1981, Westbrook worked for six years at the National Institutes of Health. He arrived at the Vollum Institute in 1987.
His research work focuses on the study of synaptic transmission in the central nervous system, the basic communication process among nerve cells. Westbrook's awards include a Javits Neuroscience Investigator award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and a MERIT award for research from the National Institutes of Health.
The Journal of Neuroscience, which is published bi-monthly, is an indispensable reference tool at many of the nation's universities and medical schools. The Society for Neuroscience, with 30,000 members, is the world's largest organization of basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.