Leonard White

Dr. White is a neuroscientist and an educator in the Duke University School of Medicine and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He has a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Neurobiology. Dr. White received his Ph.D. in neural biology from Washington University where he studied the functional anatomy of neural circuitry in the ‘limbic’ forebrain. He then came to Duke and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology where he studied lateral asymmetry in the human sensorimotor system and the organization of neural circuits in the visual cortex for pattern and motion discrimination. Dr. White’s research interests encompass the development of functional neural circuits in the cerebral cortex and the impact of sensory experience and neurological disease on brain structure and function. He serves Duke as co-director of Bass Connections in Brain and Society, co-director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience, associate director of the Master of Biomedical Sciences, and member of numerous committees. He is co-author and co-editor of a leading textbook of neuroscience and a digital atlas of the human brain and spinal cord. With colleagues form the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Dr. White helped create and sustain the Duke Neurohumanities in Paris global education program. Dr. White also teaches “Medical Neuroscience” on the Coursera platform, a free online course experienced by people worldwide.

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