Professor of Neuroscience
Thomas Foster performs research on how brain aging contributes to memory loss. Foster focuses on the extent of memory problems and how to preserve cognitive function.
His lab employs a range of techniques to provide a perspective on neural aging, from the molecular to the cognitive level, in order to identify mechanisms for age-related memory impairment and suggest possible treatments to alleviate memory deficits.
Foster’s research points to increased oxidative stress during aging as a factor that regulates synaptic plasticity and the appropriate activity of signaling cascades from the synapse to the nucleus.
Foster is also researching the value of hormone replacement therapy on memory function.