John B. Munson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


1965 PhD (Neurobiology) University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1965-1966 Postdoctoral Fellowship Institute of Physiology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Professional Experience at the University of Florida:

1966-1973 Assistant Professor Department of Physiology
1971-1998 Professor Department of Neuroscience
1998 Retired as Professor Emeritus

Neuroscience Professor John Munson national research prize

Patty Morris — 05/26/1989

A distinguished record in spinal cord research has earned a University of Florida neuroscience professor the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, a national prize mandated by Congress in 1983.

Dr. John B. Munson was selected by the National Advisory Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke Council to receive the award, named in honor of the late Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York. The program is administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The awards are essentially a two-year extension given to researchers whose five-year grant applications have been approved, for a total of seven years support from the NIH.

The awards are designated for investigators “submitting regular research grant applications for competitive review who have a distinguished record of substantial contributions in some field of neurological or communicative sciences and who can be expected to be highly productive over the next seven years.”

Some 341 Javits Awards have been given nationally since the program was implemented a little more than five years ago. Out of the almost 900 grant applications received by the NIH in its latest round, Munson’s grant was one of only 20 selected for a Javits Award. Another UF neuroscience professor, Dr. Charles J. Vierck, was selected for a Javits award in 1986.

Munson’s research for the past eight years has focused on the regeneration of peripheral nerves and their role in the recovery of spinal cord function following injury.

Munson received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Rochester, N.Y., and did post doctoral work as a Fellow in neurophysiology at the University of Pisa in Italy. He joined the faculty of the UF College of Medicine in 1966. He also has served as a visiting professor to the Institute of Neurology at the University of London.

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