Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) neuroscientist Judy Cameron, Ph.D., has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. The Dana Alliance is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance public understanding and appreciation of brain research. Almost 400 scientists in the United States and Canada are members. Prior to Cameron's invitation, only one Oregon scientist was a member of the organization.
The Dana Alliance is best known for its annual Brain Awareness Week celebration, which takes place each spring. Oregon Health & Science University's strong expertise in neuroscience and neurology has transformed the weeklong national event into a two-month state celebration, featuring speeches by internationally respected brain researchers and a two-day family Brain Fair in March. Additional information about the 2005 Brain Awareness Season celebration can be found at www.oregonbrains.org
"I am honored by the invitation to become a member in the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives," said Cameron, who holds appointments in both the neuroscience and reproductive science divisions at ONPRC. "New data suggests that science literacy is dropping in this country. I and many other scientists believe we must do a better job in getting young Americans excited about science to ensure that breakthroughs will continue to benefit their generation and the generations that follow."
Cameron's research focuses on everyday life stresses, such as dieting and psychological stress and their impacts on a person's health. These impacts can include effects on body weight, reproductive function, immune system function, and brain functions such as emotion and mood regulation. Cameron's research seeks to determine what makes some individuals sensitive to the detrimental health effects of life stresses and others resilient to those adverse consequences. Her studies examine the interplay between genetic factors and life experiences in regulating the effects of stress on health.
In addition to her appointments in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Neuroscience at the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research Center, Cameron serves as director of research training for the OHSU Center for Women's Health. She is also a professor of behavioral neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology, and obstetrics and gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Cameron also serves as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
The ONPRC is a registered research institution, inspected regularly by the United States Department of Agriculture. It operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and has an assurance of regulatory compliance on file with the National Institutes of Health. The ONPRC also participates in the voluntary accreditation program overseen by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).