Connecting European Neuroscience

David A. McCormick

Ordinary member, Programme Committee FENS Forum 2016

Curriculum Vitae


Professional and academic career

1979-1980    Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychobiology, University of California, Irvine

1980-1983    Research Assistant, Neurosciences Program, Stanford University

1983-1987    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Neurology Stanford University School of Medicine

1987-1992    Assistant Professor Section of Neurobiology/Neuroanatomy Yale University School of Medicine

1992-1994     Associate Professor, Section of Neurobiology Yale University School of Medicine

1994-pres.    Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine

2008-pres.    Vice Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University School of   Medicine

2008-pres.    Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neurobiology

2009-pres.     Associate, The Neuroscience Institute, La Jolla, California

2013-pres.    Director, Yale Swartz Initiative in Computational Neuroscience

2014-pres.    Professor of Psychology, Secondary Appointment, Dept. Psychology, Yale University


Honours and awards

1977      Phi Beta Kappa

1979      B.A., B.S., Summa Cum Laude

1981      NIMH Predoctoral Fellowship

1983      John R. Whittier Award, Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease

1984      Giannini Foundation Fellowship

1984      NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship

1984      Donald B. Lindsley Award

1987      Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship

1989      Jane and Peter Pattison Award

1990      Sloan Foundation Award

1992      Runner-up, Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award

1993      Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Fund Senior Investigator Award

1997      McKnight Foundation Investigator Award

2001      Yngve Zotterman Prize, Swedish Physiological Society

2005      Jacob Javits Investigator Award, NIH

2008      Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neurobiology

2012      Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2014      Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


General administrative and organisational experience

1995-1996       Scholar Awards Committee, Yale University School of Medicine

1997-1998       Chair, Scholar Awards Committee, Yale University School of Medicine

1999-2000       Chair, NINDS Panel on Channels, Synapses and Circuits

2000-present   Chair, Neurobiology Faculty Recruitment Committee

2003-2006        Promotions Committee (term), Yale University

School of Medicine

2008-2012      Yale Medical School Tenure Allotment Committee

2011-pres.      Society for Neuroscience Program Committee

2012-pres.      Member, Neural Coding Advisory Board, Allen Institute for Brain Science – 10 year effort to decipher the functional physiology of the cerebral cortex by the Allen Institute

2013-pres.      Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (advises on structure of Division of Biological Sciences and makes tenure and promotion decisions), Yale University

2014-2017       Chair elect, Society for Neuroscience Program Committee


Research interests

Neural mechanisms of forebrain function and dysfunction with special emphasis on cellular and network mechanisms of state dependent activities.


Selected Publications

  • McCormick, D.A. and Thompson, R.F.  (1983) Cerebellum: Essential involvement in the classically conditioned eyeblink response. Science 223: 296-299.
  • Pape, H.-C. and McCormick, D.A. (1989) Norepinephrine and serotonin modulate thalamic burst firing by enhancing a hyperpolarization-activated cation current.  Nature 340: 715-718.
  • von Krosigk, M., Bal, T., and McCormick, D.A. (1993) Cellular mechanisms of a synchronized oscillation in the thalamus. Science, 261: 361-364.
  • Kim, U., Sanchez-Vives, M.V., and McCormick, D.A. (1997) Functional dynamics of GABAergic inhibition in the thalamus. Science 278: 130-134.
  • McCormick, D.A., Contreras, D.  (2001) On the cellular and network bases of epileptic seizures.  Annual Review of Physiology 63: 815-846.
  • Shu, Y., Hasenstaub, A., McCormick, D.A. (2003) Turning on and off recurrent balanced cortical activity. Nature 423: 288-293.
  • Hasenstaub, A., Shu, Y., Haider, B, Kraushaar, U., Duque, A., and McCormick, D.A. (2005) Inhibitory postsynaptic potentials carry synchronized frequency information in active cortical networks.  Neuron, 47: 423-435.
  • Shu, Y., Hasenstaub, A., Duque, A., Yu, Y. and McCormick, D.A. (2006) Modulation of intracortical synaptic potentials by presynaptic membrane potential.  Nature 441: 761-765.
  • Haider B, Krause MR, Duque A, Yu Y, Touryan J, Mazer JA, McCormick DA. (2010) Synaptic and network mechanisms of sparse and reliable visual cortical activity during nonclassical receptive field stimulation. Neuron 65: 107-121.
  • Hadzipasic, M., Tahvildari, B., Nagy, M., Bian, N., Horwich, A.L., McCormick, D.A. (2014) Selective degeneration of a physiological subtype of spinal motor neuron in mice with SOD1-linked ALS.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 111: 16883-8 

David A. McCormick

David A. McCormick
Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. Neurobiology
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT, 06510 USA