Journal of Neurology and Neurological Disorders

Editorial Board Member - JNND

Wayne Brake

Department of Psychology
Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology
Concordia University

Dr. Wayne Brake was hired as an Assistant Professor in Psychology in 2005. Prior to joining Concordia University, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Brake earned his Ph.D. in Neurological Sciences at McGill University and completed post-doctoral studies in Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Brake is the Director of the MA Graduate Program in Psychology as well as a Fellow of the Science College at Concordia University. Globally, Dr. Brake’s research addresses women’s health in the context of how hormonal status affects brain function and behavior. His NSERC funded research program examines the effects of the female ovarian hormone, estrogen, on brain dopamine physiology and learning and memory. This work has generated several important findings that have gained extensive interest from the press worldwide. A second line of research examines the critical link between ovarian hormones and the brain’s response to antipsychotic medication. Dr. Brake has active, ongoing collaborations with colleagues locally at the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology as well as national and international collaborations including researchers at Cornell Medical School in the USA. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the international journal, Advances in Endocrinology.


The mechanisms by which the early environment in rodent models affects development of brain function and behavior. His lab investigates how birth complications and early maternal-infant relationships affect brain development; specifically the dopamine system. These studies are carried out to understand the mechanisms underlying disorders such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia as well as why, upon adulthood, some are more susceptible to the ill-effects of repeated stress and the incentive values of drugs of abuse.

Another line of research examines how ovarian steroids (e.g. estrogen) affect plasticity of the brain and subsequent behavior. Dr. Brake's lab employs behavioral tests, modern anatomical techniques and cutting edge methods to measure changes in neurochemistry to ultimately understand how our early environment and hormonal milieu shape our adult life.

Other Editorial Board Members - JNND

Shengwen Calvin Li

Faculty Scientist
Center for Neuroscience and Stem Cell Research
University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
United States

Gang Chen

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Neuroregeneration
Nantong University

William J Winslade

Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
The University of Texas Medical Branch
United States


Associate Scientist
Department of Neuroscience
Temple University
United States

James Tao

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
The University of Chicago
United States

Yan Zhou

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Guangxi Medical University

Sheila Crewther

School of Psychological Science
Univerity of La Trobe

Karen Kathleen Szumlinski

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California

Tatjana Rundek

Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
United States

Hongbin Fang

Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics
Georgetown University
United States
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