An Introduction From the New Editor-in-Chief of

Hello and welcome to It is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the site’s new Editor-in-Chief. I believe scientists have a responsibility to provide credible, easy-to-understand science information to the public that funds their research, and I am thrilled to help guide to new heights, while maintaining the integrity and authority established through the leadership of my predecessor, Nick Spitzer.

In my day job, I am a professor of Neuroscience and Dean of Basic Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In my experience, people all over the world are fascinated by neuroscience and are eager to learn how brain circuits are organized, what makes a neuron special, and how a synapse functions. People from all walks of life have an intense hunger for knowledge regarding how we think, see, feel, move, learn, and remember, among many other mysteries, and can help satisfy their thirst for information

I am passionate about ensuring a future for young people interested in pursuing science as a career. I believe that informing and engaging the public may be the single most important thing scientists can do. I am firmly convinced that fulfills a critically important mission, and I am committed to doing whatever I can to help sustain and improve it going forward.

In the months and years to come, I look forward to working to develop a bigger and better But what won’t change is the site’s commitment to accuracy and accessibility, which has been critically important to’s success. I am thankful to Nick Spitzer for developing a dynamic and rock-solid platform for growth and for helping to make an authoritative source of neuroscience information for the public. I look forward to sharing the many wonders of the brain and nervous system with you.

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About John Morrison

John Morrison is a professor of Neuroscience and Dean of Basic Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research focuses on how aging changes the brain, particularly its effects on synapses in the cerebral cortex, as well as the interactions between endocrine factors (e.g., estrogen, stress steroids) and aging. He is interested in age-related neurodegenerative diseases as well as in the memory impairments that often occur during normal aging.

Deeply committed to the public communication of neuroscience, he was a member of the Advisory Board, which helped guide the development from its inception, and served as an elected councilor of the Society for Neuroscience from 2010-2013. Throughout his career, he has also been committed to training the next generation of scientists, both at the individual and programmatic level.

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