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Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professorship

School of Medicine

Established in 2000 by an anonymous donor

A family whose members wish to be anonymous created this professorship, along with a research endowment in the Department of Neurology, to support wide-ranging efforts to improve mental functions in people with developmental or acquired brain disorders. Research and clinical initiatives at Hopkins will apply the best theoretical knowledge from many fields–including behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, molecular and neural science, experimental psychology, neuropyschology, and theoretical simulation–to help patients affected by developmental disorders, acquired brain injury, and problems stemming from “natural” brain development. Advances from applied knowledge–for instance computer science and engineering–will also be employed to aid individuals with impaired brain function. This gift supports efforts both to improve function and to advance initiatives to compensate for impaired function.

Held by Barry Gordon

GordonBarryBARRY GORDON, A&S 1981, (PhD), the Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, is a behavioral neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in experimental and neuropsychology. He is a founding member of the Mind/Brain Institute and directs the Division of Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology and the Memory Clinic, which he also founded. Former president of the Behavioral Neurology Society and Division of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Gordon has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters. His book Memory: Remembering and Forgetting in Everyday Life was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. His interests are in memory and language, particularly early detection and treatment of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease; communication and language deficits in autism; direct brain mapping of language and memory functions; aphasia; and head injury. He joined the faculty in 1977.