Norbert J Fortin

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Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences
Fellow, Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Ph.D., Boston University, 2003, Neuroscience
B.S., McGill University, 1998, Psychology

Phone: (949) 824-9740
Fax: (949) 824-2447

University of California, Irvine
106 Bonney Research Laboratory Building
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
Mail Code: 3800
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Memory, episodic memory, sequence memory, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, electrophysiology, temporary brain inactivations
Academic Distinctions
- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral fellowship (NRSA) from NIH (2006-2008).
- Finalist for the Donald B. Lindsley Prize for Most Outstanding Thesis in Behavioral Neuroscience (awarded by the Grass Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience; 2004).
- Graduate fellowship from the “Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche (FCAR)”, Québec, Canada (2002-2003).
- Presidential University Graduate Fellowship, from Boston University (1998-2002).
- Graduate Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; 1998-2002).
- First Class Honours Degree in Psychology, McGill University (1998).
- Dean's Honour List, McGill University (1998).
- McConnell Award, McGill University (1996-1997).
Research Abstract
The main focus of my lab is to study the neural basis of episodic memory, the memory for personal experiences. To investigate this important issue, we use a combination of temporary brain inactivation and high-density electrophysiological recording techniques in the rat. We are particularly interested in elucidating the role of the hippocampus, parahippocampal region, and prefrontal cortex, as well as their functional interactions.
25. Allen TA, Salz DM, McKenzie S, Fortin NJ (2016) Non-spatial sequence coding in CA1 neurons. Journal of Neuroscience: 36(5), 1547–1563.
24. Allen TA, Morris AM, Stark SM, Fortin NJ, Stark CEL (2015) Memory for sequences of events impaired in typical aging. Learning & Memory: 22(3), 138-48.
23. Allen TA, Morris AM, Mattfeld AT, Stark CEL, Fortin NJ (2014) A Sequence of Events Model of Episodic Memory Shows Parallels in Rats and Humans. Hippocampus: 24(10), 1178-88.
22. MacDonald CJ, Fortin NJ, Sakata S, Meck WH (2014) Retrospective and prospective views on the role of the hippocampus in interval timing and memory for elapsed time. Timing and Time Perception: 2, 51-61.
21. Allen TA, Fortin NJ (2013) Reply to Rattenborg and Martinez-Gonzalez: Fundamental and divergent aspects of the neurobiology of episodic memory. PNAS.
20. Jacobs NS, Allen TA, Nguyen N, Fortin NJ (2013) Critical Role of the Hippocampus in Memory for Elapsed Time. Journal of Neuroscience: 33, 13888-13893.
19. Allen TA, Fortin NJ (2013) The evolution of episodic memory. PNAS: 110 (Suppl 2), 10379-10386.
18. Snigdha S, Milgram NW, Willis SL, Albert M, Weintraub S, Fortin NJ, Cotman CW (2013) A preclinical cognitive test battery to parallel the National Institute of Health Toolbox in humans: bridging the translational gap. Neurobiology of Aging: 34, 1891-1901.
17. Feinberg LM, Allen TA, Ly D, Fortin NJ (2012) Recognition memory for social and non-social odors: Differential effects of neurotoxic lesions to the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory: 97, 7-16.
16. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ, Sauvage MM, Robitsek RJ, Komorowski RW (2012) A comparative analysis of episodic memory: cognitive mechanisms and neural substrates. In Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence (Eds. E. Wasserman, T. Zentall). Oxford Univ Press.
15. Eichenbaum H, Sauvage MM, Fortin NJ, Komorowski RW, Lipton PA (2011) Towards a functional organization of episodic memory in the medial temporal lobe. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. Epub ahead of print.
14. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ (2011) The Neurobiology of Memory-Based Predictions. In Predictions in the Brain: Using our Past to Generate a Future (Ed. M Bar). Oxford University Press.
13. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ, Sauvage MM, Robitsek RW, Farovik A (2010) An animal model of amnesia that uses Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis to distinguish recollection from familiarity deficits in recognition memory. Neuropsychologia: 48, 2281-2289.
12. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ (2009) The neurobiology of memory based predictions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: 364, 1183-1191.
11. Sauvage MM, Fortin NJ, Owens CB, Yonelinas AP, Eichenbaum H (2008) Recognition memory: opposite effects of hippocampal damage on recollection and familiarity. Nature Neuroscience: 11, 16-18.
10. Fortin NJ (2008) Navigation and episodic-like memory in mammals. In R. Menzel (Ed.), Learning Theory and Behavior. Vol. 1 of Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, 4 vols. (J.Byrne Editor), pp. 385-418. Elsevier, Oxford.
9. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ, Ergorul C, Robitsek RJ (2008) Toward a neurobiology of episodic memory. In Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience (Eds: Dere E, Easton A, Nadel L, Huston JP), Vol 18 (Handbook of Episodic Memory), Pages 283-300. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
8. Robitsek RJ, Fortin NJ, Koh MT, Gallagher M, Eichenbaum H (2008) Cognitive aging: a common decline in episodic recollection and spatial memory in rats. Journal of Neuroscience: 28, 8945-8954.
7. Eichenbaum H, Sauvage MM, Fortin NJ, Yonelinas AP (2008) ROCs in rats? Response to Wixted and Squire. Learning and Memory: 15, 691-693.
6. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ (2005) Bridging the gap between brain and behavior: cognitive and neural mechanisms of episodic memory. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior: 84, 619-629.
5. Eichenbaum, Fortin, Ergorul, Wright, Agster (2005) Learning and Motivation.pdf Episodic recollection in animals: “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…” Learning and Motivation: 36, 190-207.
4. Fortin NJ, Wright SP, Eichenbaum H (2004) Recollection-like memory retrieval in rats is dependent on the hippocampus. Nature: 431, 188-191.
3. Eichenbaum H, Fortin NJ (2003) Episodic memory and the hippocampus: It’s about time. Current Directions in Psychological Science: 12, 53-56.
2. Agster KL*, Fortin NJ*, Eichenbaum H (2002) The hippocampus and disambiguation of overlapping sequences. Journal of Neuroscience: 22, 5760-5768. * KLA and NJF contributed equally to this work.
1. Fortin NJ, Agster KL, Eichenbaum H (2002) Critical role of the hippocampus in memory for sequences of events. Nature Neuroscience: 5, 458-462.
Whitehall Foundation Research Grant (2010-2013)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012-2017)
Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Project Award (CNLM)
Professional Societies
Society for Neuroscience
Golden Key National Honor Society
Graduate Programs
Neurobiology and Behavior

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Research Center
Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM)
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