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Dr. Michael Merzenich Joins Venerable Short List Honored for Cutting-Edge Neuroscientific Research
Date:10/12/2009

stinguished professor in Child Psychiatry at UCSF and an IOM member. "His work has revolutionized the way we view the brain's plasticity and his latest work in mental disorders illustrates his sincere dedication to alleviate human suffering."

For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In 1971, Dr. Merzenich joined the faculty of UCSF and started the Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences. In the late 1980's, Dr. Merzenich was part of the team that invented the cochlear implant. In 1990 he became a full professor at UCSF in Neuroscience, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the departments of Otolaryngology and Physiology at UCSF.

In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading. In 2003, Posit Science was begun by Dr. Merzenich and Jeff Zimman to take neuroscience out of the labs and put it into the hands of consumers with engaging adaptive brain fitness software.

Dr. Merzenich has published more than 200 articles, including many in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zulch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal) and has been granted more than 50 patents for his work.

"Mike's work not only improves cognitive function across a wide array of disorders and conditions," said Zimman, Chairman of Posit Science. "Results from his studies have also been shown to significantly improve broad measures of overall health such as health-related quality-of-life and performance of everyday tasks."

Dr. Merzenich holds a BS in General S
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