Fred. H. Gage joined The Salk Institute in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gage's work concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remain throughout the life of all mammals. In addition, his studies focus on the cellular, molecular and environmental influences that regulate neurogenesis in the adult brain and spinal cord. Before joining Salk, Dr. Gage was a professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gage also served as president of the Society for Neuroscience in 2002. In addition, Dr. Gage has received numerous awards, among them the 1993 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education, the Christopher Reeve Research Medal in 1997, the 1999 Max Planck Research Prize and the 2002 MetLife Award.