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Spruston Named Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor

August 24, 2009 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Nelson Spruston, professor of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor.


Spruston’s lab studies cellular functions of the brain and his research has led to important scientific advancements in neuroscience. Early in 2009, a study led by Spruston reported the discovery of a new cellular mechanism in the hippocampus – a finding that helps scientists better understand learning and memory. The research was published in the journal Neuron and is among the many published works of Spruston in top neurobiology publications.


Spruston is an editor of both the Journal of Physiology and Frontiers in Neuroscience. He also serves as reviewer for numerous publications including Nature and Neuron. He co-edited the book “Dendrites,” the only book dedicated to these highly complex structures in the central nervous system.


Since joining the Northwestern faculty in 1995, Spruston has been an invited speaker at more than 100 seminars and symposia in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Physiological Society.



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