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Bettina Buhring, Ph.D., joined IDDB as a program director in February 2021. She leads the Genetic, Cellular, and Systems Neuroscience of IDD Program, which supports research on the biochemical processes in the brain and how alterations in these pathways, in turn, affect brain functioning at the circuit and behavioral levels. She also fosters gene-based treatment approaches to monogenic disorders that lead to IDDs.
Prior to joining NICHD, Dr. Buhring was a program director at NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for more than 12 years, overseeing the institute’s Learning and Memory Program. One key focus of this program was understanding the role of neural activity rhythms in routing and processing information within and across brain regions to carry out memory encoding, maintenance, recall, and relational processing.
Dr. Buhring received her bachelor’s degree in psychology/neuroscience from Princeton University and her doctorate degree in neuroscience from Brown University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in NIMH’s Intramural Research Program. During her doctoral and postdoctoral research, Dr. Buhring carried out electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and behavioral testing to examine the neural underpinnings of inference, processes by which the brain combines learned information to infer new knowledge. Dr. Buhring has won several awards, including an NICHD Fragile X Collaboration Award and two NIMH Special Act Awards for contributions in systems neuroscience.