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Bryan Kolb Neuroscientist

Bryan Kolb’s research focuses on 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

B. Kolb et al, "Brain plasticity in the developing brain," Progress in Brain Research, 207: 35-64 (2013).

B. Kolb and R. Gibb, "Searching for principles of brain plasticity and behavior," Cortex, 58C, 251-260 (2014).

A. Harker et al, "Preconception paternal stress in rats alters dendritic morphology and connectivity in the brain of developing male and females offspring," Neuroscience, 303, 200-210 (2015).

B. Kolb and R. Gibb, "Childhood poverty and brain development," Human Development (2015) doi: 10.1159/000438766.


B. Kolb and I.Q. Whishaw, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 7th edition. New York: Worth Publishers, 2015.

B. Kolb and I.Q. Whishaw, An Introduction to Brain and Behavior, 5th edition. New York: Worth Publishers, 2016.



Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development


University of LethbridgeDepartment of Neuroscience


PhD Pennsylvania State University

MSc University of Calgary

BSc University of Calgary



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