Dr. McNamara is the Duke School of Medicine Professor of Neurosciences at Duke University and a member of the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. McNamara’s research concentrates on how a normal brain becomes epileptic. His recent work has centered on the role of the BDNF receptor, TrkB, in epileptogenesis induced by episodes of prolonged seizures. Dr. McNamara graduated cum laude from Marquette University and Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received numerous honors and awards, including two Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator awards from the NIH and a research recognition award from the American Epilepsy Society. He has delivered numerous distinguished lectures, and authored over 200 scientific papers. He also served as director of the Epilepsy Center of the Durham VA Medical Center and founded the Duke Center for Advanced Study of Epilepsy.