Donald Moss, Ph.D. (Physiological Psychology)


I grew up on a cattle ranch near Collbran, a small town in western Colorado. Jim Summerton and I were high school classmates and we graduated together in a class of twenty six in 1962, after which we went our separate ways.  I went to Colorado State University and received my Bachelor of Science degree in psychology there in 1966 and a Master’s of Science in 1968.  After two years in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer, including a year in Korea (1969), I returned to Colorado State University and earned my Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology in 1973.  While doing Ph.D. study, I had the opportunity to work in a biochemistry lab for two years and it was at that time that I became interested in the role of acetylcholine, an essential neurotransmitter, in how the brain records and recalls memory.  After leaving Colorado State, I was invited to go to the University of California at San Diego as a Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neurosciences where I studied the function of acetylcholine in memory for two more years. I left San Diego to take a faculty position at the University of Texas at El Paso.

I have published over 100 articles, chapters and abstracts on various topics in brain research, most of them focused on the role of acetylcholine in memory and the development of MSF for rejuvenating memory in Alzheimer’s dementia.  My work has appeared in highly respected medical journals including  Brain Research, Nature, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Neurobiology of Aging.  I have also served on the Editorial Board of Neurobiology of Aging.

The Governor of Texas, W.P. Clements, appointed me to two terms on the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders where I served as the Chairman of the Medical Research Committee (1988-1990) and as Chairman of the Council (1990-1992).  I have also won numerous awards including the University of Texas at El Paso Award for Excellence in Research (1991) and the University of Texas at El Paso Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996), making me one of the few faculty members to win university awards for both teaching and research.

In 1998 I was issued a patent (U.S. #5,798,392 and related foreign patents) for the use of MSF for the treatment of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease.  I have also been instrumental in designing and conducting two Phase I (1999 and 2013) and one Phase II (1999) clinical trials on the safety and efficacy of MSF as a treatment of dementia.

I am a nationally and internationally recognized expert on acetylcholinesterse inhibitors and their use in the facilitation of acetylcholine and memory, especially in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  I have spoken on Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment at many national and international conferences.

I retired my position of tenured full professor at the University of Texas at El Paso after more than thirty five years on the faculty to devote full time to the development of MSF at Brain-Tools, LLC, with my colleague Dr. Jim Summerton.