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Directors

Neal J. Cohen, PhD

University of Illinois
Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program
Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI)

Neal Cohen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, the Neuroscience Program, and the Beckman Institute, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to being (founding) Director of the CNLM, he also serves as (founding) Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative.

Neal earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. He was a post-doctoral fellow and then a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before serving as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University. Neal joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1990.

Neal’s research involves interdisciplinary studies of human learning and memory, and has been instrumental in the discovery and cognitive neuroscience characterization of the brain's multiple memory systems. His work has emphasized the development of novel paradigms and the use of multiple methodologies for assessment of different aspects and forms of memory in various populations, both in association with certain brain disorders and in response to various interventions.

Neal has served on multiple Editorial Boards, scientific review panels, and advisory committees, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Keith Garleb, PhD

Abbott
Director of Global Discovery Research

Keith joined Abbott in 1989 as a Clinical Research Associate, spending the early part of his career developing novel fiber systems for use in medical nutritional products. His areas of expertise are dietary fiber and carbohydrates. He also championed the use of fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic, in numerous Abbott products and played a lead role in the identification of novel carbohydrates for use in nutritional products designed for people with diabetes.

After supporting the adult nutrition business for 18 years, Keith accepted the position of Director of Pediatric R&D where he managed 41 scientists who provided research and educational support for pediatric nutritional products, such as Similac®, Isomil® and Pediasure®, worldwide. Currently, Keith is the Director of Global Discovery Research, managing a team of 39 scientists located in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and is responsible for building a pipeline of nutritional opportunities for both the adult and pediatric businesses. Keith has more than 40 peer reviewed publications and holds 16 patents. Keith has a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois.