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David McCormick, Ph.D.

Yale University School of Medicine


David McCormick is the Dorys McConnel Duberg Professor of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he has been a faculty member since his appointment in 1987 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. McCormick received a Bachelor's of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor's of Art degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University in 1979. He then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University in 1983. His graduate work demonstrated that the cerebellum is essential for acquisition of Pavlovian (Classical) conditioned responses and mapped out a likely circuit that mediates this form of simple learning. Dr. McCormick performed his postdoctoral work at Stanford University with David Prince, where he contributed to understanding the mechanisms by which neuromodulatory neurotransmitters control the state of cortical and thalamic neurons and networks. Dr. McCormick has been honored with awards ranging from the Donald B. Lindsley Prize to the Yngve Zotterman Prize, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.