Byrne named chair of NIH study section


By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Dr. John Byrne, NIH Chair
John Byrne, PhD

John Byrne, PhD, June and Virgil Waggoner Chair in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, has been named chair of the Learning, Memory, and Decision Neuroscience (LMDN) Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Byrne’s two-year term as chair begins July 1, 2021, and runs through June 30, 2023.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be appointed chair of the LMDN Study Section,” Byrne said. “It gives me an opportunity to help shape the scientific direction of the field and at the same time serve an organization, the NIH, which has done so much to support brain research in Texas and the nation.”

The LMDN reviews applications to investigate the anatomical and functional neurobiology and mechanism of learning, memory, and decision making across the lifespan and in aging, including social/affective learning. The committee includes studies focused on the cellular and molecular changes, circuitry, and neural coding and integration that underlie learning, memory, decision making, and cognition.

Byrne received his PhD from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in 1973 before completing research fellowships at the Public Health Research Institute (1973-74), the New York State Psychiatric Institute (1973-75), and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University (1975). He joined the faculty at McGovern Medical School as an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in 1982.

Byrne is the associate dean for research at McGovern Medical School and is the director of the UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center. He has held editorial positions for more than 15 publications, including currently as a scientific advisor for Dana Foundation’s Brain Connections and on the editorial board for the Oxford Handbooks Online.