John Morrison is the Director of the California National Primate Research Center and Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine at UC Davis. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
His research focuses on how aging changes the brain, particularly its effects on synapses in the cerebral cortex, as well as the interactions between endocrine factors (e.g., estrogen, stress steroids) and aging. He is interested in age-related neurodegenerative diseases as well as in the memory impairments that often occur during normal aging.
Deeply committed to the public communication of neuroscience, he was a member of the BrainFacts.org Advisory Board, which helped guide the development of BrainFacts.org from its inception, and served as an elected councilor of the Society for Neuroscience from 2010-2013. Throughout his career, he has also been committed to training the next generation of scientists, both at the individual and programmatic level.