Adler Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, Salk Institute
The keynote speaker at the CCST dinner brought a pioneering perspective on neurobiology and stem cell research to the Council. Fred H. Gage, Adler Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, was the keynote speaker at the dinner following the Council meeting on May 4, 2005 in Sacramento. He achieved national renown for his groundbreaking experiments demonstrating that neurons are constantly being born in the brain, forcing scientists to rethink some of their most basic ideas about how the brain works. His work may lead to methods of replacing brain tissue lost to stroke or Alzheimer's disease and repairing spinal cords damaged by trauma. He has been a leading figure in the debates on stem cell research in California.
Dr. Gage joined the Salk Institute in 1995. He was previously a professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, where he still holds an adjunct title. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and served as president of the Society for Neuroscience in 2002. His honors include the prestigious 1993 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education, the 1997 Christopher Reeve Research Medal, the 1999 Max Planck Research Prize and the 2002 MetLife Award.