Henriette van Praag received her Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University in 1992 for her work studying opiate receptor function with Dr. Hanan Frenk. She did her postdoctoral research with Drs. Ira Black and Cheryl Dreyfus on the role of neurotrophins in brain injury at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1992-1997. She was a staff scientist in the lab of Fred Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 1997-2007, where she discovered that exercise increases adult hippocampal neurogenesis, in association with enhanced synaptic plasticity and memory function. She also developed viral methods to study the function and neural circuitry of new hippocampal neurons. Research in her laboratory at National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is focused on trying to understand the cellular mechanisms underlying effects of exercise on adult neurogenesis and memory function.
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