Item of Interest: NICHD Scientific Director Christopher McBain Elected AAAS Fellow

Christopher McBain, Ph.D.
Christopher McBain, Ph.D.
Credit: NICHD

Christopher McBain, Ph.D., scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS Council, the governing body of the organization, elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, are scientifically or socially distinguished.” According to the notice of the award, Dr. McBain was honored for “contributing insight into mechanisms of cortical and hippocampal synaptic transmission and how voltage- and ligand-gated channels expressed in inhibitory neurons regulate circuit excitability, with a focus on development.”

Dr. McBain is currently senior investigator and program chief of the NICHD Section on Cellular and Synaptic Physiology, which seeks to understand the development of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission between specific neural populations within the hippocampal and cortical formations.

Dr. McBain was named acting scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research in June 2021 and was appointed as permanent scientific director in January 2023. He had been the deputy scientific director since 2009. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Wolfson College at Cambridge University in England. He joined NICHD in 1993 as investigator in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology.

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