Archives: Awards

Kristen Harris, Ph.D.

Synaptome of a Memory

A longstanding question in neuroscience concerns the cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. Since synapses were first discovered as the sites of communication between neurons, scientists have thought that changes…

Thomas Jessell, Ph.D.

Motor neuron circuits, movement

For 30 years Thomas Jessell, Ph.D., has been probing how nerve circuits function in the spinal cord. He’s continuing the journey with support from the Brain Research Foundation. What types of molecules are at…

Anthony Zador, M.D., Ph.D.

BOINCing PTEN-associated neural circuit pathology

Many neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism and schizophrenia, are thought to arise from disruptions in brain wiring. However, the tools for studying brain wiring are limited in resolution and throughput. Dr.…

Jean M. Hébert, Ph.D.

Neuron Replacement: Improved Cognitive Function

The neocortex is the part of our brains that we use for our highest cognitive functions. The main neurons of the neocortex can be lost due to neurodegenerative diseases such…

Brian Litt, M.D.

Targeted Therapy with Nanodevices

Could a child with epilepsy be given a pill containing an all-but-invisible therapeutic device programmed to travel to specific cells in his brain and, once there, be “pinged” into action…

W. Martin Usrey, Ph.D.

Cortical Function & Behavior

All of our conscious perceptions and cognitive actions depend critically on the neural computations performed by cortical circuits—the network of connections made by neurons in the cerebral cortex. Given the…

Paul Greengard, Ph.D.

Parkinson’s disease

A 2000 Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Greengard is developing innovative technology that will lead to better understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind Parkinson’s disease. Paul Greengard, Ph.D., professor of molecular…

F. Xavier Castellanos, M.D.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Dr. Castellanos is elucidating the neuroscience of ADHD and its relationship to substance abuse through genetic studies and sophisticated brain imaging. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric condition that, until…

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