The F03C study section reviews fellowship applications on the basic cellular and molecular biology and preclinical aspects of neurodegeneration and age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Applications examining the molecular and cellular processes leading to cell death, as well as the consequences of exposure to neurotoxicants are also reviewed in F03C. F03C predominantly reviews studies utilizing in vitro and animal models.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates


  • Alzheimer’s Disease when the focus is on molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in preclinical models
  • Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other motor diseases (e.g., ataxias and dystonia) when the focus is molecular and cellular mechanisms primarily in preclinical models
  • Molecular mechanisms of cerebral hypoxia and ischemic stroke and their impact on neural pathways
  • Molecular mechanisms of cell death and neurodegeneration, including programmed cell death, autophagy and apoptosis in the nervous system
  • Mechanisms underlying cellular and cognitive aging
  • Mild cognitive dementia, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia when the focus is on molecular mechanisms.
  • Neurotoxicology and Neuroteratology, including effects and mechanisms of environmental toxicants, metals, pesticides, etc., on the nervous system

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Fellowship panels are broad and cover inter-related areas. Assignments are made based on the primary emphasis of the proposed research. There are some overlaps between topics reviewed by fellowship study sections. For any application that may fall between primary areas of study, the CSR Division of Receipt and Referral, Review Branch chiefs, and SROs confer to place it properly and to ensure that all appropriate expertise is brought to bear.

F03C reviews a broad spectrum of applications related to molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and aging. In F03C, topics related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases, are shared with the following fellowship study sections: Brain Disorders and Related Neurosciences [F01A], when the focus is on clinical, behavioral or clinical outcomes, primarily in human subjects, and Learning and Memory, Language, Communication and Related Neurosciences [F01B] (for ADRD) or Sensory and Motor Neurosciences, Cognition and Perception [F02B] (for other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases), when the focus is on motor control and/or circuitry.

Studies on genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and cellular aging overlap with Neurodevelopment, Oxidative Stress and Synaptic Plasticity [F03A] and Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Bioengineering [F05D] and [F05Q] fellowship study sections.


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