Dr. Barbara Bendlin announced as the new Neuroscience & Public Policy Program Director

The UW-Madison Neuroscience & Public Policy Program (N&PP) is excited to announce the appointment of our new Director, Dr. Barbara Bendlin. Dr. Bendlin is a Principal Investigator at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Waisman Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison.

Dr. Bendlin collaborates with researchers from various disciplines, including key Wisconsin based projects, to ask a variety of questions about Alzheimer’s disease. More specifically, her research focuses on the interplay of factors that contribute to healthy or diseased brain aging.  Her lab also studies the impact of modifiable factors that may affect aging, such as sleep, diet, microbial influences, or mid-life metabolic disorders.

Founded in 2005, the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program brings together faculty from neuroscience, public policy, bioethics, sociology, and law to train future research neuroscientists to be thought-leaders in policy and law.  The Program is one of only a few in the world to offer a dual degree in both neuroscience and public policy. It encompasses rigorous academic training for the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience through the Neuroscience Training Program, in addition to the M.P.A. or M.I.P.A. degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs or the J.D. degree through the Law School.

Dr. Bendlin’s appointment was effective June 2019. She succeeds previous N&PP director, Dr. Michael Koenigs. The program would like to offer immense thanks to Dr. Koenigs for his leadership and contributions. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bendlin to her new position!


For more information on Dr. Bendlin’s research, please visit https://bendlinlab.medicine.wisc.edu/

For more information on the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program, please visit https://npp.wisc.edu/