Scientific Advisory Committee

The Weston Brain Institute has a diverse group of leading scientific experts who adjudicate all grant applications and provide guidance with respect to program development. This guidance is sought to comply with the Foundation’s mission to support proactive, narrowly focused, impactful research.

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. Claire Henchcliffe

    Claire Henchcliffe, M.D., D.Phil. is the Vice Chair for Clinical Research in Neurology and the Director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Institute at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She read for her BA in Biochemistry and completed her graduate thesis at the University of Oxford in the UK. She then...

  • Dr. Günter Höglinger

    Dr. Günter Höglinger is the Director of the Dept. of Neurology at Hannover Medical University since June 2019, and President of the German Parkinson Society since March 2019. Before that, he held the Chair for Translational Neurodegeneration at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DNZE), Munich, and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Dr....

  • 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. Michael J. O’Neill

    Senior Director of Drug Discovery Biology, AbbVie Dr. O’Neill received a doctorate in pharmacology from University College in Galway, Ireland and later joined Eli Lilly & Co. where he worked for 24 years. He held a variety of roles, led several drug discovery efforts and managed a variety of teams at Lilly. From 2014-2018...

  • Dr. Holly B. Posner

    Dr. Holly B. Posner, MD, MS Epidemiology, has over 15 years of experience conducting clinical research evaluating potential therapeutic interventions for dementia, epilepsy and more recently, juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Aside from her work for pharmaceutical companies, she has also been involved in research to improve the assessment of outcome measures used to assess cognition...

  • Dr. Erik Roberson

    Dr. Roberson is Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he directs the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics and the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. 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...

  • Dr. David Simon (Chair)

    Dr. David K. Simon is the Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center 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...

  • 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. Malú Tansey

    Dr. Malú Gámez Tansey is a tenured Professor in the Department of Physiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and a member of the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (CND). Previously, she was head of the Cell Biology/Chemical Genetics group at Xencor, a private biotechnology company in California. Her research focus includes investigating...

  • 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,...