* Regents Professor, Psychology, Neurology and Neuroscience
* Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging
* Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Dr. Carol Barnes is a Regents Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology and Neuroscience, and the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging. She is Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
She was appointed as the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging in 2006. She was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2018. Membership to the academy is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. It is reserved for those with distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Dr. Barnes was one of the first women in the male-dominated field of neuroscience back in the 70s. She is a world leader in the study of the neural mechanisms of memory loss during normal brain aging and has spent over four decades aiming to better understand the aging of the brain in relation to cognition and has produced over 280 peer reviewed publications.
She also developed the Barnes maze, a spatial navigation memory task that is used to measure spatial learning and memory.
Carol Barnes is actively involved in the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, is past-president of the 39,000 member Society for Neuroscience, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.
* B.A.: Psychology, University of California, Riverside
* M.A.: Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
* Ph.D.: Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
* Postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and neurophysiology in the Psychology Department at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
* Postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the Neurophysiological Institute at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
* Postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the Cerebral Functions Group at University College London, London, England
Carol A. Barnes List of Awards: https://embi.arizona.edu/barnes/honors-awards
Supporting Women and the Underprivileged in Neuroscience
Carol A Barnes has been recognized by her peers and the public for her work in promoting opportunities for women and the underprivileged in neuroscience. In 2010, she received the Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award which “recognizes individuals with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who have also actively promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience.”
Furthermore, she is an active participant in the NIH Disadvantaged High School Student Research Program, Minority Access to Research Careers, and the McNair Achievement Program. Finally, in 2013 Barnes gave a keynote address at the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience entitled “The Evolving Face of Neuroscience: Role of Women and Globalization".
* Lester, A.W., Moffat, S.D., Wiener, J.M., Barnes, C.A. and Wolbers, T. (2017) The aging navigational system. Neuron, 9:1019-1035.
* Thome, A., Marrone, D.F., Ellmore T.M., Chawla, M.K., Lipa, P, Ramirez-Amaya, V., Lisanby, S.H., McNaughton, B.L. and Barnes, C.A. (2017) Evidence for an evolutionarily conserved memory coding scheme in the mammalian hippocampus. Journal of Neuroscience, 37:2795–2801.
* Ryan, L., Hay, M., Huentelman, M.J., Duarte, A., Rundek, T., Levin, B., Soldan, A., Pettigrew, C., Mehl, M.R., Barnes, C.A. (2019) Precision Aging: Applying precision medicine to the field of cognitive aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 11:128, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2019.00128.
* Talboom, J.S., Håberg, A.K., De Both, M.D., Naymik, M.A., Schrauwen, I., Lewis, D.R., Bertinelli, S.F., Hammersland, C., Fritz, M.A., Myers, A., Hay, M., Barnes, C.A., Glisky, E., Ryan, L., Huentelman, M.J. (2019) Family history of Alzheimer's disease alters cognition and is modified by medical and genetic factors. eLife, 8:e46179.
* Stern Y, Barnes CA, Grady C, Jones RN, Raz N (2019) Brain reserve, cognitive reserve, compensation, and maintenance: operationalization, validity, and mechanisms of cognitive resilience. Neurobiology of Aging, 83:124-129.
* Huentelman, M.J., Talboom, J.S., Lewis, C.R., Chen, Z., Barnes, C.A. (2020) Reinventing neuroaging research in the digital age. Trends in Neuroscience, 43:17–23.
* Hay, M., Barnes, C., Huentelman, M., Brinton, R., and Ryan, L. (2020) Hypertension and age-related cognitive impairment: common risk factors and a role for precision aging. Current Hypertension Reports, 22:80, doi: 10.1007/s11906-020-01090-w.
* McQuail, J., Dunn, A.R., Kaczorowski, C., Stern, Y., Barnes, C.A., Kempermann, G., Rapp, P.R. and Foster, T.C. (2021) Cognitive reserve in model systems for mechanistic discovery: importance of longitudinal studies. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, in press.
* Lewis, C.R., Talboom, J.S., De Both, M.D., Schmidt, A.M., Naymik, M.A., Håberg, A.K., Rundek, T., Levin, B.E., Hoscheidt, S., Bolla, Y., Brinton, R.D., Hay, M., Barnes, C.A., Glisky, E., Ryan, L. and Huentelman, M.J. (2021) Smoking is associated with impaired verbal learning and memory performance in women more than men, Scientific Reports, 11:10248.