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Rusty Gage describes the history of the discovery of adult neurogenesis, including his group's role in it, his current work studying neurogenesis using stem cells and how that ties into aging, and discusses current theories of memory reconsolidation.
Fred 'Rusty' Gage: Dr. Gage received his Ph.D. in 1,976 from The Johns Hopkins University. His work concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. In addition, his studies focus on the cellular, molecular and environmental influences that regulate neurogenesis in the adult. He has won numerous prizes and awards for his work including the IPSEN Prize for Neuroplasticity, the Charles A. Dana Award, Metropolitan Life Research Award and the Keio Medical Science Prize. Dr. Gage serves on many health-related boards, was previously president of the Society for Neuroscience and is the current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a member of the American Philosophical Society.