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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

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Brain Institute
5353 Parkside Drive, MC-17
Jupiter, FL 33458
Website: Brain Institute Page

Henriette van Praag, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University. Her research laboratory is located in the FAU Brain Institute on the MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. The van Praag lab aims to understand the beneficial effects of exercise on brain function and behavior.

  • 1992: Ph.D. Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

  • 2018-Present: Associate Professor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Brain Institute, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL
  • 2007-2018: Investigator, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD
  • 1997-2007: Staff Scientist, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • 1992-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

  • Zhao, X. and van Praag, H. Steps towards standardized quantification of adult neurogenesis. Nature Communications, 11:4275 |, 2020.
  • Voss, M.W., Soto, C., Yoo, S., Sodoma, M., Vivar, C., van Praag, H. Exercise and hippocampal memory systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2019.
  • Shen M, Wang F, Li M, Sah N, Stockton ME, Tidei JJ, Gao Y, Korabelnikov T, Kannan S, Vevea JD, Chapman ER, Bhattacharyya A, van Praag H, Zhao X. Reduced mitochondrial fusion and Huntingtin levels contribute to impaired dendritic maturation and behavioral deficits in Fmr1-mutant mice. Nature Neuroscience doi: 10.1038/s41593-019-0338-y, 2019.
  • Moon, H.Y., Javadi, S., Stremlau, M., Yoon, K.J., Becker, B., Kang, S.U., Zhao, X., van Praag, H. Conditioned media from AICAR-treated skeletal muscle cells increases neuronal differentiation of adult neural progenitor cells. Neuropharmacology pii: S0028-3908(18)30830-X, 2018.
  • Choi, S.H., Bylykbashi, E., Chatila, Z.K., Lee, S.W., Pulli, B., Clemenson, G.D., Kim, E., Rompala, A., Oram, M.K., Asselin, C., Aronson, J., Zhang, C., Miller, S.J., Lesinski, A., Chen, J.W., Kim, D.Y., van Praag, H., Spiegelman, B.M., Gage, F.H., Tanzi, R.E. Combined adult neurogenesis and BDNF mimic exercise effects on cognition in an Alzheimer's mouse model. Science 361(6406). pii: eaan8821, 2018.
  • Sah, N., Peterson, B.D., Lubejko, S.T., Vivar, C., van Praag, H. Running reorganizes the circuitry of one-week-old adult-born hippocampal neurons. Scientific Reports, 7:10903, 2017
  • Moon H.Y., Becke, A., Berron, D., Becker, B., Sah, N., Benoni, G., Janke, E., Lubejko, S.T., Greig, N.H., Mattison, J.A., Duzel, E., van Praag H. Running-induced systemic cathepsin B secretion is associated with memory function. Cell Metabolism 24: 332–340, 2016.
  • Jongbloets, B.C., Lemstra, S., Schellino, R., Broekhoven, M.H., Hellemons, A.J., Mao, T., Giacobini, P., van Praag, H., De Marchis, S., Ramakers, G.M., Pasterkamp, R.J. Stage-specific functions of Semaphorin7A during adult hippocampal neurogenesis rely on distinct receptors. Nature Communications, ncomms 14666, doi: 10.1038, 2017.
  • Mohammad, H., Marchisella, F., Ortega-Martinez , S., Hollos P., Eerola, K., Komulainen, E., Kulesskaya, N., Freemantle, E., Fagerholm, V., Savantous, E., Rauvala , H., Peterson, B.D., van Praag, H., Coffey, E. JNK1 controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and imposes cell autonomous control of anxiety behaviour from the neurogenic niche. Molecular Psychiatry, doi:10.1038/mp.2016.203, 2016.
  • Vivar, C., Peterson, B.D., van Praag, H. Running rewires the neuronal network of adult-born granule cells. NeuroImage, 131:29-41, 2016.

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