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Michael Merzenich

Michael Merzenich

Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.is Francis A. Sooy Chair of Otolaryngology in the Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences at the University of California at San Francisco. He is a scientist and educator, and founder of Scientific Learning Corporation and Neuroscience Solutions Corporation, companies that develop therapeutic programs for the neurologically and psychiatrically impaired. With his wife Diane, he established the Merzenich Chair in Education at the University of Portland - a gift to their Defining Moment Campaign. Mezernich is an expert on "brain plasticity" underlying the development of skills and abilities through experience and learning. He is a medical inventor who has been awarded more than 50 patents. His group developed the first models of a commercial (Clarion) cochlear implant. As a software developer, he has contributed to the creation of a number of therapeutic training programs targeting impaired populations. Among his awards are the international Ipsen and Zülch Prizes, honoring his work in brain plasticity. Merzenich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Merzenich is editor of Cochlear Implants (Raven Press, 1985).

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Selected Bibliography

Kilgard, M. P. and M. Merzenich. Cortical Map Reorganization Enabled by Nucleus Basalis Activity. Science: 1998.

Merzenich, Michael, et al. Temporal Processing Deficits of Language-Learning Impaired Children. Science: 1996.

Merzenich, Michael and Robert Schindler (Eds.). Cochlear Implants. Raven Press: 1985.

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