John H. Morrison, Ph.D.

Neuroscience and Behavior Unit
CNPRC Director & Core Scientist

Department of Neurology
UC Davis School of Medicine

Dr. Morrison’s research program focuses primarily on the neurobiology of aging and neurodegenerative disorders, particularly as they relate to cellular and synaptic organization of the cerebral cortex. His lab is developing a comprehensive model of synaptic health in the cerebral cortex and how molecular and structural deviations from this profile induced by age and endocrine disruption impact cognitive performance. Dr. Morrison is also investigating the degree to which age-related alterations in structural and molecular attributes of the synapse that lead to cognitive decline leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Neurobiology of Aging

Dr. Morrison's overall goal is to develop interventions that promote cognitive health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease through sustaining synaptic health.