Grambling State University
Dr. Byron Ford is the M. Wharton Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Howard University College of Medicine. From 2015-2022 he served as Professor and Associate Dean of Medical Education at the University of California-Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Ford’s research has studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the stroke for more than 20 years. He has been the recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense grants to investigate the neuroprotective roles of neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) in stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral malaria and as a countermeasure for nerve agent exposure. Dr. Ford's work has yielded multiple U.S. and international patents and is leading the development of new therapies for stroke and neuroinflammatory disorders. Previously, Dr. Ford was Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Neurobiology at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2001-2015). Dr. Ford received his B.S. in Biology from Grambling State University and Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from Meharry Medical College. He completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the NIH. Dr. Ford was a member of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Advisory Council at NIH from 2012-2016.