Scientific Review Committee

The Brain Research Foundation Scientific Review Committee was established to review our research grant applications. This committee is a combination of  researchers from several institutions throughout greater Chicago and nationwide. Their scientific expertise is invaluable when reviewing the Brain Research Foundation research grant proposals. Following is a brief description of each reviewer's research interests:


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Sangram S. Sisodia, Ph.D.
University of Chicago


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Ted Abel, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

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Scott T. Brady, Ph.D.
University of Ilinois Chicago

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Judy Cameron, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

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John Disterhoft, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

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Daniel A. Peterson, Ph.D.
Rosalind Franklin

Daniel A. Peterson, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice-Chairman in the Department of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He also serves as Director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. His research focuses on understanding the regulation of neurogenesis in the adult and aging brain. In particular, elucidating the key factors specifying progenitor cell fate and exploring ways to directly reprogram in vivo the fate endogenous neural progenitor cells. His research is directed toward the development of new therapeutic strategies for brain repair. Dr. Peterson is an Editorial Board member for seven scientific journals, a member of the American Federation for Aging Research National Scientific Advisory Council, and the External Commissioner for the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale Italia (Concorsuale 06/D6-Neurologia). He is also Past-Chairman of the NIH Study Section NCF (Neurogenesis and Cell Fate) and Past-President of the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair.

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John L.R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco

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Ole Isacson, Ph.D.
Harvard University