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Disterhoft Named Magerstadt Memorial Research Professor

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March 14, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- John Disterhoft, professor of physiology at Northwestern University, has been named Ernest J. and Hattie H. Magerstadt Memorial Research Professor.

Disterhoft’s interests include the aging brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia including vascular causes. He currently is analyzing the neurobiology of associative learning in the mammalian brain at cellular and systems levels using both in vivo and in vitro techniques.

His program focuses on characterizing the ways in which neurons store new information during associative learning at the cellular and subcellular levels. An important focus of his research is on cellular mechanisms for altered learning in aging by using a combination of behavioral and biophysical approaches to address this question.

Disterhoft has received many other honors throughout his career, including a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging (1999-2009). He is also a member of several professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Neuroscience.

He is on the editorial board of numerous journals including the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Neuroscience Research, Trends in Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Behavioral Neuroscience. 

The many articles he has written have appeared in various journals, such as Psychonomic Science, Physiology and Behavior, Brain Research, Physiological Psychology and International Journal of Neurology.

Disterhoft joined Northwestern in 1973.