Robert Gibbs is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He received a BS in Neuroscience, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 1987. His research focuses on the role of gonadal hormones in the regulation of cholinergic neurons, brain aging, and cognition. Current studies focus on the role of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in specific cognitive processes, on the ability of gonadal hormones to reduce age-related cognitive decline, and on the expression of aromatase in the brain and its role in the local production of estradiol.
His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation for over 20 years. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several NIH study sections, as a reviewer for over a dozen scientific journals, and has published over 90 scientific papers, book chapters, and reviews. He is co-editor of the book “Hormones, Cognition and Dementia: State of the Art and Emergent Therapeutic Strategies” published by Cambridge University Press. Memberships include the Society for Neuroscience, the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.