Archives: Awards

Guoping Feng, Ph.D.

Disruption of the Shank3 gene in a primate model for studying ASD

Brain disorders represent a great societal burden but are among the least understood of all diseases; for psychiatric disorders in particular, the underlying pathologies are largely unknown and treatment is mostly ineffective. Many brain disorders have a genetic component, and advances in genomic...

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 in their number or structure would be a likely substrate of memory. Although ev...

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. H├ębert, 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…

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