Scientific Advisory Committee

The Weston Brain Institute has a diverse group of leading industry experts who adjudicate all grant applications and provide guidance with respect to program development.

The Scientific Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Weston Brain Institute regarding overall strategy, program development and program design. Advisors also participate in the review committees for the various granting programs.

  • Dr. Neil Buckholtz

    Dr. Neil Buckholtz served as the Director of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. During his twenty-five year tenure at NIA, Dr. Buckholtz was responsible for developing and managing many signature extramural research programs including the Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) drug discovery and development,...

  • Dr. Pim van Gool

    Professor, Dr. van Gool has over 25 years of experience, in medicine, research and science. Undergraduate training in basic neuroscience at the Netherlands Institute of Brain Research led Dr. van Gool to pursue a PhD on animal studies of brain aging which he completed in 1987. He continued his training in medicine and then...

  • Dr. Gene Johnson (Emeritus)

    Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis and also serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Gene Johnson received his undergraduate training in Pharmacy and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Maryland. He has been on the faculty at Washington...

  • Dr. Erik Roberson

    Dr. Roberson is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology and Co-Director of the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received his A.B. with highest honors from Princeton University and then earned his M.D. and Ph.D in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine where he...

  • Dr. Philip Scheltens

    Dr. Philip Scheltens is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and the Director of the Alzheimer Center at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. He is also the initiator and Vice President of Deltaplan Dementia Netherlands. In 2011 Dr. Scheltens was appointed scientific director at the Pearlstring Institute and elected a Member of the Royal...

  • Dr. Paul Schulz

    Dr. Schulz is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas and the director of the Memory Disorders and Dementia Clinic at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute in Houston. He received his combined BA-MD degrees from Boston University in 1984. He did a medical internship there, and moved to Baylor College of Medicine for...

  • Dr. David Simon

    Dr. David K. Simon is the Director of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a National Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence. He is also a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Simon completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins followed by his MD and PhD degrees...

  • Dr. Caryl Sortwell

    Dr. Caryl Sortwell completed her undergraduate degree in biological psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana and continued her training in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, receiving her PhD in 1994. Under the mentorship of Dr. John Sladek, Jr and Dr. Timothy Collier, Dr. Sortwell received postdoctoral training. It...

  • Dr. Pierre Tariot

    Dr. Tariot is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College who attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, and is Board Certified in both specialties, with added qualifications in geriatrics. He served as a Fellow at...

  • Dr. Linda Van Eldik

    Dr. Linda Van Eldik is the Director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Co-Director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky in the United States. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Calvin College in Michigan,...