Career Title: Professor of Neuroscience, retired, School of Medicine, University of Utah
B.A. Western Reserve University, 1965 (John Huntington Society Scholar)
Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1968
Career Profile: Ben retired from formal academics in 2005 from the Medical School of the University of Utah, but continued research in The Tibetan Stroke Research Project which he and a colleague founded in Lhasa, TAR. During his career, he headed research efforts at the Max Plank Institute for Neuroscience in Germany, the Weitzman Institute in Israel and held research positions at several US Institutions including: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, UC Berkeley and The University of Iowa. Dr. Kater founded the Program in Neuronal Growth and Development at Colorado State University. His team’s research has resulted in numerous publications including books, research articles and invited lectures presented yearly throughout the international community. Ben’s research focused on the formation, maintenances and repair of neuronal circuitry. His more than 50 graduate students and postdocs now serve internationally in academic and industrial positions. He has provided editorial review and served on boards of journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature as well as specialized neuroscience journals. Among the honors received is a Humboldt Award, and Dr. Kater was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Presently, he serves as a member of the Board of North New Energy Enterprises bringing his specialty of Neural Net Analysis to a variety of contemporary research problems.
Personal interests: Ben has been involved in a variety of equine endeavors ranging from founding Equestron, an organization involved with digital gait and lameness analysis in horses, to riding into the sunset in the Colorado outback