EVANSTON, Ill. --- David McLean, assistant professor of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2010 Searle Scholar for his research on the assembly of inhibitory neural networks.
The honor recognizes chemical and biological scientists who have demonstrated innovative research with the potential for making significant contributions over an extended period of time. Northwestern will receive $100,000 each year for three years to support McLean's research programs. Out of 180 applicants, McLean is one of only 15 nationwide to be named a Searle Scholar in 2010.
McLean studies the development and plasticity of motor networks. His research on how rhythmic networks develop and produce movements of different speeds and intensities aims to provide insights on disorders that affect the capacity to move, like Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and spinal injury.
The Searle Scholars Program was established in 1980. It is funded through The Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust established by John G. and Frances C. Searle. John G. and Frances C. Searle expressed the wish that some of the proceeds of their estates be used for the support of research in medicine, chemistry and biological science.