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Ramirez Named to Leadership Position in Top Society for Neuroscience

by | Jun 20, 2019 | Bottom Right Red Box, News, Stories from Davidson College

Dr. Julio Ramirez and his wife Annie Porges, parents of a graduating senior, were all smiles at the 2019 Davidson College Commencement.

 

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the world’s largest and most prestigious organization representing the interests of neuroscientists from around the world, has voted in Julio Ramirez as treasurer-elect, a governing officer of the organization. Ramirez is the R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology and founding director of Davidson’s neuroscience program.

His election makes him only the second professor from a liberal arts college to hold a top leadership post in the society’s 50-year history.

Ramirez is co-director of SfN’s Neuroscience Scholars Program, which last year was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He has mentored more than 150 Davidson students who joined his research in recovering memory function through the regrowth or repair of neurons following brain injury. That research could provide insights toward combating Alzheimer’s disease.

In recent years, Ramirez has served as a member of the society’s Professional Development Committee (PDC), chair of the Subcommittee on Mentoring, PDC liaison to Committee for Neuroscience Departments and Programs, and member of the Minority Education Training and Professional Advancement Committee.

With 40,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide, the SfN is devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system.

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