Governance & Leadership

Faculty committee & external advisers guide, support DIBS activities
Picture of Faculty Governance Committee & External Advisory Board members
Faculty Governance Committee & External Advisory Board members, May 2018

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is fortunate to have a talented cadre of faculty and external advisers who lead and support our activities.

Faculty Governance Committee

The DIBS Faculty Governance Committee (FGC) is charged with setting the strategic direction and priorities for DIBS to facilitate the most exciting interdisciplinary research in the Brain Sciences at Duke. They achieve this goal by collaborating with faculty, departments, donors, and staff to facilitate research, graduate education, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

The voting members of the DIBS FGC are:

  • Geraldine Dawson, Chair
  • Alison Adcock
  • Nicole Calakos
  • Kafui Dzirasa
  • Tobias Egner
  • Warren Grill
  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
  • Fan Wang
  • Leonard White

 There are three ex officio members:

  • Scott Huettel, Chair of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Steve Lisberger, Chair of the Department of Neurobiology
  • Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, DIBS Chief Operating Officer

External Advisory Board

DIBS receives guidance and vital funding support from our External Advisory Board, a group of volunteers with strong ties to Duke and the neurosciences. During 2017-2018, the EAB's generosity made it possible for DIBS to give an additional, sixth, Research Incubator Award; hold the April 12 Autism Awareness Month event with Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, anthropologist and father of a daughter on the autism spectrum; and continue to support Yixin Ma, the inaugural Wrenn Graduate Fellow in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and her clinical research project. 

EAB members are:

  • Chip Newton, Chair
  • James Barrett
  • Alice Bender
  • Rachel Coulter
  • Andrew Feinberg
  • Alex Geier
  • BethAnn Horey
  • Peter E. Kanaris
  • Sophie Katz
  • George Lamb, III
  • Robert Penn, Immediate Past Chair
  • James Schwab
  • Katherine Shah
  • Lawrence Stoehr
  • Harry Stylli
  • Sonya Wakil

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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