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Bryan E. Kolb

Bryan E. Kolb

Professor of Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge
Canada

Biography

Dr. Bryan E Kolb completed his PhD degree from Pennsylvania State University. . Dr. Kolb received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from Royal Society of Canada at 2013. Kolb was awarded a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and former President of the Experimental Division of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is currently a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s program in Child and Brain Development. Bryan Kolb has published 5 books, including two textbooks with Ian Whishaw (Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 7th Edition; Introduction to Brain and Behavior, 4th Edition), and over 350 articles and chapters.

Research Interest

Brain plasticity and behavior. Bryan Kolb’s research focuses on how neurons in the cerebral cortex change in response to experiences, drugs, hormones and injury, and how these changes influence behaviour. Over the past 40 years he has identified the ‘rules’ that govern the effects of cerebral injury at different developmental ages. His work has fueled new treatments to help victims of cerebral injury. Kolb was the first to demonstrate how new brain cells grow to restore cerebral function both in development and adulthood and the first to show (with Terry Robinson) that psychoactive drugs produce permanent changes in neuronal structure in cerebral structures and that these changes influence later brain plasticity.