Elsevier Announces New Brain Research Editor-In-Chief

New appointment aimed at maintaining the ethos, heritage and uniqueness of this pioneering journal in the field of Neuroscience

Oxford, 09 November, 2010 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Irwin B.Levitan has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Brain Research. He succeeds Dr. Floyd E. Bloom, who has served with distinction as an Editor of the journal since its inception in 1967 and, latterly since 2000, as its Editor-in-Chief. In his new role, Dr. Levitan will lead this popular multidisciplinary journal devoted to fundamental research in the brain sciences. 

Dr. Levitan is Founding Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and has played an active part in the field of neuroscience for 35 years. He is also currently Director of the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Jefferson and has received numerous awards and honors, including two successive NIH Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Awards and two awards from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has played prominent leadership roles in the Society for Neuroscience. Earlier this year, he was appointed President of the Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairs.

Upon his appointment, Dr. Levitan commented, “I am excited to assume the role of Editor-in-Chief and I make a commitment to retain the tradition and unique characteristics of Brain Research to ensure the long term success of this great journal.”

Dr. Levitan has been Senior Editor for Neuroscience for the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences and a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience. In addition, he is co-editor of “Ion Channels and Receptors”, and a special issue of Neuropharmacology on “Potassium Channels”. He is also co-author of Neuromodulation: The Biochemical Control of Neuronal Excitability, and co-author of a widely-used textbook, The Neuron: Cell and Molecular Biology.

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About Brain Research 
Brain Research publishes papers reporting interdisciplinary investigations of nervous system structure, function and chemistry at all levels of resolution, from molecular to behavioral and social that are of general interest to the broad community of neuroscientists. Clinical investigations, Protocols (i.e. methods papers) and Reviews will also be considered for publication if they provide significant insight into the structure or function of the nervous system, the pathophysiology of a disease, or its treatment.

The journal has recently launched its new website and is sponsoring a satellite event on “The Emerging Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders: etiologic insights; treatment opportunities” prior to the 2010 Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, 11-12th November 2010 www.brainresearch2010.com/.

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