Paul Worley, M.D.
Paul Worley, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He joined the department as an assistant professor in 1988 and became a professor in 1999. His laboratory examines the molecular basis of learning and memory. The lab cloned a set of immediate early genes (IEGs) that are rapidly transcribed in neurons involved in information processing and essential for long-term memory. Worley received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and his B.A. and M.A. in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.
Solving the Mystery of Memory
The word “memory” is derived from the ancient Greek myth of Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses, who was “said to know everything, past, present, and future.” Memory is essential to our existence, and one of neuroscience’s primary missions is to understand how the brain processes memory and to improve treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, drug addiction, and the many other afflictions associated with disrupted memory. Our article traces scientists’ progress in understanding memory over the last 15 years.