Ronald McKay, Ph.D.

Ronald McKay, Ph.D.
Ronald McKay, Ph.D.

Director, Human Stem Cell Facility

Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, National Institutes of Health

Founder, Lieber Institute for Brain Development

Johns Hopkins University Medical School

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2010)

Dr. McKay’s achievements in research are at the heart of stem cell biology. He discovered a new class of the founding pluripotent stem cell in early embryo and neural stem cells in the central nervous system. This work led to the first demonstrations that stem cells could be used as a source of functional dopamine neurons, hepatocytes and pancreatic islets, holding the potential for cell therapies that may be able to treat diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease. He is currently focused on using stem cell technologies to determine the intersection between genetic and developmental risk in brain and behavior disorders.

Dr. McKay received a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and did postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford. He joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1978 and MIT faculty in 1984. In 1993, he joined the National Institutes of Health and in 2010, joined the Lieber Institute for Brain Development.

Learn More About the Foundation

Who
We Are

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a global nonprofit organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of psychiatric and mental illnesses.

Read more

Our
Impact

Beginning in 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation was providing seed money to neuroscientists to invest in “out of the box” research that the government and other sources were unwilling to fund. Today, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is still the leading, private philanthropy in the world in this space.

Read more

Our
People

Meet the people who make up the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Our staff of experts, passionate Board of Directors, and Scientific Council which includes Nobel prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments around the world.

Read More

Annual Report
& Financials

We take our responsibility to our donors seriously and believe that our financial operations must be transparent. We're proud to say that 100% of your contribution for research is invested directly in research grants.

Read more

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Read more

Media
Center

The latest news on brain and behavior research and issues that matter most to you.

Read more