John Wilson Moore

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center

Professional career: Scholars@Duke

When boardsailing began, I was an early adopter at age 60 and it became my favorite sport because the thrill/risk ratio was so high. This photo was taken when I was 70 but I had to give up windsurfing at age 80, 15 years ago.

Because a Federal law then in effect (for it's last year 1990), required faculty to retire at age 70, I became:
Professor Emeritus of the Dept. Neurobiology Duke Univ. Med. Center Durham NC 27710 - e-mail:

Nevertheless, I continued to carry out NIH funded research until my grant ran out. Then I developed a unique new "learning tool" for students to explore the electrophysiology of nerve cells. This tool utilizes a web browser to view a wide variety of tutorials and to launch appropriate simulations for the reader/student to learn how nerve cells work. For example, they learn how action potentials are generated by ion channels and propagated through a cell's complex branching structure. The user gains insight into problems such as the interactions of drugs and toxins with ion channels by asking questions, either guided by the text or by one's own curiosity.

This learning tool is called Neurons in Action, now in second version (NIA2), and incorporates the computer simulation environment NEURON which was developed at Duke.

Latest invited publication:
Enhancing the Hodgkin-Huxley Equations: Simulations Based on the First Publication in the Biophysical Journal
Abstract on line at PubMed or full PDF

Relaxing after working on NIA2.

Curriculum Vitae
A personal view of the early development of computational neuroscience in the USA (invited)

Quicktime (4 minute) video demonstrates features of Neurons in Action.

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