Bryan Kolb

Bryan Kolb


  • Associate Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development


  • University of Lethbridge
Department of Neuroscience


  • Canada


PhD, Pennsylvania State University
MSc, University of Calgary
BSc, University of Calgary


Bryan Kolb is a neuroscientist who looks at how neurons in the cerebral cortex change in response to experiences, drugs, hormones and injury, and how these changes influence behaviour.

Over the past 40 years he has identified the ‘rules’ that govern the effects of cerebral injury at different developmental ages. His work has fueled new treatments to help victims of cerebral injury. Kolb was the first to demonstrate how new brain cells grow to restore cerebral function both in development and adulthood and the first to show (with Terry Robinson) that psychoactive drugs produce permanent changes in neuronal structure in cerebral structures and that these changes influence later brain plasticity.


Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Royal Society of Canada, 2013
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2000
Killam Fellowship, 1998–2000
Honorary Doctorates: Thompson Rivers University, UBC Okanagan, Concordia University, University of Lethbridge

Relevant Publications

Kolb, B., and I.Q. Whishaw. An Introduction to Brain and Behavior. 5th ed. New York: Worth Publishers, 2016.
Harker, A. et al. "Preconception paternal stress in rats alters dendritic morphology and connectivity in the brain of developing male and female offspring." Neuroscience 303 (2015): 200–10.
Kolb, B., and R. Gibb. "Childhood poverty and brain development." Human Development 58 (2015): 215–17.
Kolb, B., and I.Q. Whishaw. Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. 7th ed. New York: Worth Publishers, 2015.
Kolb, B., and R. Gibb. "Searching for principles of brain plasticity and behavior." Cortex 58C (2014): 251–60.
Kolb, B. et al. "Brain plasticity in the developing brain." Progress in Brain Research 207 (2013): 35–64.


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