George Richerson, MD, PhD


Specialty: Breathing Control Disorders
The Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience
Director: Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program in Neurology
Head, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2151-A1 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-4296

Lab: 1000 ML
Iowa City, IA 52242

Web: Richerson Laboratory


BS, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
MD, Medicine, University of Iowa
PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa

Internship, Waterbury Hospital Health Center
Residency, Neurology Chief Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Licensure and Certifications

Physician's and Surgeon's License, Connecticut Board of Health
Physician's and Surgeon's License, Iowa Board of Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Biosciences Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine
Medical Scientist Training Program

Research Summary

Sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and infants (SIDS), GABA mechanisms in epilepsy, Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Control of breathing, Sleep, Serotonin, Brainstem mechanisms

Selected Publications

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Dlouhy B, Gehlbach B, Kreple C, Kawasaki H, Oya H, Buzza C, Granner M, Welsh M, Howard M, Wemmie J, Richerson G.  Breathing Inhibited When Seizures Spread to the Amygdala and upon Amygdala Stimulation..  The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.  2015 July 15. 35(28):10281-9.

Buchanan G, Smith H, MacAskill A, Richerson G.  5-HT2A receptor activation is necessary for CO2-induced arousal..  Journal of neurophysiology.  2015 July 1. 114(1):233-43.

McGlashon J, Gorecki M, Kozlowski A, Thirnbeck C, Markan K, Leslie K, Kotas M, Potthoff M, Richerson G, Gillum M.  Central serotonergic neurons activate and recruit thermogenic brown and beige fat and regulate glucose and lipid homeostasis..  Cell metabolism.  2015 May 5. 21(5):692-705.

Brust R, Corcoran A, Richerson G, Nattie E, Dymecki S.  Functional and developmental identification of a molecular subtype of brain serotonergic neuron specialized to regulate breathing dynamics.  Cell reports.  2014 December 24. 9(6):2152-65.

Buchanan G, Murray N, Hajek M, Richerson G.  Serotonin neurones have anti-convulsant effects and reduce seizure-induced mortality.  The Journal of physiology.  2014 October 1. 592(Pt 19):4395-410.

Massey C, Sowers L, Dlouhy B, Richerson G.  Mechanisms of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: the pathway to prevention.  Nature reviews. Neurology.  2014 May 1. 10(5):271-82.

Ray R, Corcoran A, Brust R, Kim J, Richerson G, Nattie E, Dymecki S.  Impaired respiratory and body temperature control upon acute serotonergic neuron inhibition..  Science (New York, N.Y.).  2011 July 29. 333(6042):637-42.

Buchanan G, Richerson G.  Central serotonin neurons are required for arousal to CO2..  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  2010 September 14. 107(37):16354-9.

Kinney H, Richerson G, Dymecki S, Darnall R, Nattie E.  The brainstem and serotonin in the sudden infant death syndrome..  Annual review of pathology.  2009 January 1. 4:517-50.

Wu Y, Wang W, Díez-Sampedro A, Richerson G.  Nonvesicular inhibitory neurotransmission via reversal of the GABA transporter GAT-1..  Neuron.  2007 December 6. 56(5):851-65.

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