Anton Reiner wurde im 1950 in einem Donauschwäbische Flüchtlingslager in Feffernitz, Österreich, geboren. Kurz nach seiner Geburt, seine Eltern beschlossen, dass die Zukunft in Europa nichts für ihre Kinder haltet, und alles würde besser gehen in den USA. So kam es, dass im Jahr 1952, als er nur ein Jahr und eine halbe alt war, die Familie nach Amerika reiste durch Frachtschiffes. Er is aufgewachsen in Perth Amboy, NJ. Auf den ersten konnte niemand in seiner Familie Englisch sprechen, aber für Weihnachten 1952 kauften sie einen Fernseher. Danach sah Anton Howdy Doody und Kukla, Fran and Ollie jeden Tag. Bisschen by bit begann er zu understand Englisch. Seine Eltern knew this nicht, and were dann völlig surprised wann they entdeckte he could Englisch sprechen mit den Freunden of his older brother. Anton was then fully fluent in English when he began Kindergarten in 1955. After high school graduation in 1968, he received his BS degree in Biology in 1972 from what is now called St. Joseph’s University in Philadelpha, PA. After college, he entered the graduate program in experimental psychology at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, just a bit west of Philadelphia along an urban corridor called the Main Line. He trained with Alice Powers, conducted his PhD research on identification of forebrain visual areas in turtles, and received his degree in 1977. He thereupon sought to strengthen his skills in neuroanatomy, and joined the laboratory of Harvey J. Karten in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a postdoctoral fellow. He spent 3 years there studying the anatomy and function of forebrain and midbrain visual and motor circuits in birds and reptiles. In 1980, he became a Research Assistant Professor in Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and studied the neurochemistry of forebrain and midbrain circuits, chiefly visual system and basal ganglia. In 1982, he moved with his wife Marcia Honig to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he became a Research Assistant Professor in Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and she pursued postdoctoral studies in the Biology Department. Based on findings on the neurochemistry of autonomic visual circuits in the midbrain, in 1984 he began to study the neural control of choroidal blood flow, at that time in pigeons. In 1986, he began his studies of Huntington’s disease pathogenesis and pathology with Anne Young, Jack Penney and Roger Albin of the Neurology department. He also published numerous studies during this time on forebrain evolution in vertebrates with Glenn Northcutt of the Biology Department at UM. In 1987, Anton Reiner and his wife Marcia joined the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where they remain. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1990, and Full professor in 1992. During his time at UTHSC, he has continued his studies on neural control of choroidal blood flow, switching over the past decade to a mammalian model. He has also continued his work on basal ganglia structure and function (for which he received a Javits Award in 1990), Huntington’s disease pathology, pathogenesis and treatment, and forebrain evolution. He has recently added traumatic brain injury to his research interests.
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