January 11, 2010

Yerkes researchers are AAAS fellows

Stuart Zola and Larry Young

Stuart Zola, director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Larry Young, Yerkes researcher and professor in the School of Medicine, have been selected as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Zola was selected for his work in neuroscience, delineating the brain's memory system. His contributions encompass insights into how the brain organizes memory and how this relates to memory problems such as amnesia, including developing a model of human amnesia in nonhuman primates in order to identify brain structures critical to memory function.

Young, chair of the Yerkes division of Behavioral Neuroscience and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was selected for his research in neurogenetics that focuses on better understanding the relationship between genes, the brain and behavior to gain insight in human disorders characterized with social impairments, such as autism. He recently published information on successfully generating the first transgenic prairie voles, a step toward unlocking the genetic secrets of pair bonding and other complex social behaviors.

The designation of fellow is an honor members of AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, bestow upon their peers.

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