Fred H. Gage is Adler Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at Salk Institute. He joined The Salk Institute in 1995. Prior to that he held positions as the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Lund, Sweden. He received his PhD in 1976 from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gage’s work concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected structural plasticity that the brain retains throughout the life of all mammals. Surprisingly, this structural plasticity is regulated by experience; thus his studies also focus on the cellular, molecular, and environmental influences that regulate structural changes in the adult and aged brain.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Gage also served as president of the Society for Neuroscience in 2002. Dr. Gage has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 1993 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education, the Christopher Reeve Research Medal in 1997, the 1999 Max Planck Research Prize, and the MetLife Award in 2002.