Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton is the R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development and Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology at the University of Southern California where she directs theNorris Foundation Laboratory for Neuroscience Research and the USC STAR Science Education Program. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of learning and memory, diseases and aging of the Brain and the effects of drugs on the brain.
Dr. Brinton is the recipient of many prestigious awards for her teaching and research. She was named one of the “Best Minds in 2004” by U.S. News & World Report, Woman of the Year by the California State Senate, Educator of the Year by The Society for Neuroscience Science and the Outstanding Service Award by The Association of Trojan Leagues.
Not only is Roberta on the forefront of her field, she is also helping future scientific minds through the USC Science Technology and Research program, known as STAR, which helps bring science education to inner city youth in Los Angeles. For her commitment to science education through the STAR program she received the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal.
Upon joining USC in 1988, Dr. Brinton co-founded the biotechnology company, CoCensys and is the joint holder of several patents on therapeutic agents for the treatment of neurological disease. She serves on the scientific advisory boards for the Alzheimer’s Drug Development Foundation, NIH/NIA Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, Alzforum and National Institute of Mental Health Scientific Board of Councilors.
Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Southern California
Areas of Expertise: Learning, Memory, Alzheimer’s, Aging of the Brain, Effects of Drugs and Steroids on the Brain, Neuropharmacology, the Biochemistry of Learning and Memory
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 442-1436
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