Established in 1991 by the Jacob and Annita France Foundation and the Robert G. and Anne M. Merrick Foundation, Inc., in memory of Robert G. Merrick Jr.

Image Credit: France-Merrick Foundation ROBERT G. MERRICK JR. (pictured), who died in 1990 at the age of 58, came from a family with strong ties to the university through their history of generous giving and the service of several as trustees. His father, Robert G. Merrick, A&S 1917; his sister, Anne Pinkard; and his nephew, Walter Pinkard Jr., have all been Hopkins trustees. The professorship was created to support an early- to mid-career investigator in the field of cognitive neuroscience or brain science at the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. The institute is an interdisciplinary research center at Hopkins devoted to the study of the neural mechanisms of higher mental function, particularly perception.


The FRANCE-MERRICK FOUNDATION was established in 1998 by the merger of the JACOB AND ANNITA FRANCE FOUNDATION with the ROBERT G. AND ANNE M. MERRICK FOUNDATION, INC. The foundation supports civic and cultural activities, public education, private and higher education, historic preservation and conservation, and health and social services. During the Johns Hopkins Initiative fundraising campaign, the foundation provided leadership support for the School of Nursing, for undergraduate scholarships at the Homewood campus for students who have excelled in community service, for a new student recreation center, and for completion of the editing of the papers of Dwight David Eisenhower.


VEIT STUPHORN is the Robert G. Merrick Jr. Research Chairholder (Mind/Brain Institute). He is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and a member of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind Brain Institute. He earned his PhD in neuroscience from Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.

His primary research interest is in the neuronal mechanisms that underlie the ability to control behavior and to make decisions by recording the activity of single neurons and local field potentials in awake, behaving monkeys. His current research projects involve experiments to test the causal role of frontal cortical areas in decision-making and the interactions between multiple brain regions in control of behavior.

Before joining Hopkins in 2004, Dr. Stuphorn served as research associate in the Vision Research Center at Vanderbilt University. In 2001 he received the Young Scientist Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.