Dr. Boyer Winters
Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Boyer Winters was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a first class honours degree in Psychology in 1998. He attended Trinity College at the University of Cambridge for his PhD on a full scholarship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. During this time he conducted research in the Department of Experimental Psychology and the MRC Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair under the tutelage of Professors Stephen Dunnett, Barry Everitt, and Trevor Robbins. He completed his PhD in Experimental Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience in 2002. From 2002-2007, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Tim Bussey and Dr. Lisa Saksida at the University of Cambridge. He returned to Canada to take up his first faculty position in 2007 in the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph, where he has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses in Introductory Neuroscience, Neurochemical Basis of Behaviour, Behavioural Neuroscience, Motivation, and the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. He is a member of the Collaborative Neuroscience Program at the University of Guelph and oversees an active research laboratory that currently includes five graduate students and a myriad of undergraduates. His current research program emphasizes a multi-level analysis of the neural mechanisms mediating learning and memory in the mammalian brain; this work includes basic mechanistic studies, as well as investigations into the cause and potential treatment of cognitive deficits in human disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. His work has been widely published in international scientific journals such as Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Science.