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
- 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).
Kilgard, M. P. and M. Merzenich. Cortical
Map Reorganization Enabled by Nucleus Basalis Activity. Science:
Merzenich, Michael, et al. Temporal
Processing Deficits of Language-Learning Impaired Children. Science:
Merzenich, Michael and Robert Schindler (Eds.). Cochlear
Implants. Raven Press: 1985.
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