Fred H. Gage, Ph.D. is President of the Salk Institute and the head of the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, which he joined in 1995, the Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurosciences, UCSD. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gage’s work concentrates on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remain throughout the life of all mammals. In addition, his studies focus on the cellular, molecular, and environmental influences that regulate neurogenesis in the adult. He has won numerous prizes and awards for his work including the the Keio Medical Science Prize, the IPSEN Prize for Neuroplasticity, the Charles A. Dana Award, and the Metropolitan Life Research Award.
Dr. Gage serves on many health-related boards. He was President of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Society for Stem Cell Research. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Gage is a current board member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and served as president in 2005-2006.