Biosciences Graduate Program

George B. 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
Primary Office 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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Corcoran A, Richerson G, Harris M.  Serotonergic mechanisms are necessary for central respiratory chemoresponsiveness in situ..  Respiratory physiology & neurobiology.  2013 February. 

Hodges M, Best S, Richerson G.  Altered ventilatory and thermoregulatory control in male and female adult Pet-1 null mice..  Respiratory physiology & neurobiology.  2011 July. 177(2):133-40.

Bravata D, Concato J, Ranjbar N, Sadarangani T, McClain V, Struve F, Zygmunt L, Knight H, Lo A, Richerson G, Gorman M, Williams L, Brass L, Agostino J, Mohsenin V, Roux F, Yaggi H, Richerson G.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: Evaluation of a novel therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke.  Sleep.  2011. 34(9):1271-1277.

Ray R, Corcoran A, Brust R, Kim J, Nattie E, Dymecki S, Richerson G.  Homeostatic imbalance upon acute in vivo serotonergic neuron inhibition.  Science.  2011. 333(6042):637-642.

Richerson G.  The role of the neurotransmitter serotonin in SUDEP.  Epilepsy Australia Ltd, Camberwell, Victoria.  2011. 

Buchanan G, Richerson G.  The serotonin axis: Shared mechanisms in seizures, depression, and SUDEP.  Epilepsia.  2011. 52:28-28.

Buchanan G, Richerson G.  Central serotonin neurons are required for arousal to CO2.  PNAS.  2010. 107(37):16354-9.

Richerson G.  Development of chemosensitivity to CO2 and O2 in mice with absence of central serotonin neurons in vivo..  2010. 36.

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