The Brain Prize

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The Brain Prize
Awarded forThe Brain Prize is awarded to one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to neuroscience and who are still active in research.
CountryDenmark
Presented byA Royal Highness and the Chairman of the board
Reward(s)1 million
First awarded2011
Websitewww.lundbeckfonden.com/thebrainprize/

The Brain Prize, formerly known as The Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize, is an international scientific award honouring "one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to neuroscience and who are still active in research". Founded in 2011 by the Lundbeck Foundation, the prize is associated with a €1 million award to the nominees, the world’s largest brain research prize.

Nominees can be of any nationality.[1] Prize winners are expected to interact with Danish brain researchers e.g. through lectures, master classes, seminars, exchange programes for researchers or other activities agreed with and financially supported by Lundbeckfonden.

History[edit]

The Brain Prize was established by the Lundbeck Foundation in 2010 as a European prize and was awarded for the first time in 2011.

Selection committee[edit]

As of 2019, the selection committee for the prize consisted of:[2]

Laureates[edit]

Year Laurates Country Citation
2011 Péter Somogyi HungaryUnited Kingdom ”For their wide-ranging, technically and conceptually brilliant research on the functional organization of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex, especially in the hippo¬campus, a region that is crucial for certain forms of memory"[3]
Tamás Freund Hungary
György Buzsáki HungaryUnited States
2012 Christine Petit France "For their unique, world-leading contributions to our understanding of the genetic regulation of the development and functioning of the ear, and for elucidating the causes of many of the hundreds of inherited forms of deafness"[3]
Karen Steel United Kingdom
2013 Ernst Bamberg Germany "For their invention and refinement of optogenetics. This revolutionary technique allows genetically specified populations of neurons to be turned on or off with light, offering not only the ability to elucidate the characteristics of normal and abnormal neural circuitry but also new approaches to treatment of brain disorders"[3]
Edward Boyden United States
Karl Deisseroth United States
Peter Hegemann Germany
Gero Miesenböck Austria
Georg Nagel Germany
2014 Giacomo Rizzolatti Italy "For their pioneering research on higher brain mechanisms underpinning such complex human functions as literacy, numeracy, motivated behaviour and social cognition, and for their efforts to understand cognitive and behavioural disorders"[3]
Stanislas Dehaene France
Trevor W. Robbins United Kingdom
2015 Winfried Denk Germany "For invention, refinement and use of two-photon microscopy to provide detailed, dynamic images of activity in individual nerve cells, dendrites and synapses, thereby transforming the study of development, plasticity and functional circuitry of the brain"[3]
Arthur Konnerth Germany
Karel Svoboda United States
David W. Tank United States
2016 Timothy Bliss United Kingdom "For their ground-breaking research on the cellular and molecular basis of Long-Term Potentiation and the demonstration that this form of synaptic plasticity underpins spatial memory and learning"[3]
Graham Collingridge United Kingdom
Richard G. Morris United Kingdom
2017 Wolfram Schultz Germany "For their multidisciplinary analysis of brain mechanisms that link learning to reward, which has far-reaching implications for the understanding of human behaviour, including disorders of decision-making in conditions such as gambling, drug addiction, compulsive behaviour and schizophrenia"[3]
Peter Dayan United Kingdom
Ray Dolan Republic of Ireland
2018 Bart De Strooper Belgium "For their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease, with far-reaching implications for the development of new therapeutic interventions as well as for the understanding of other neurodegenerative diseases of the brain'"[3]
Michel Goedert Luxembourg
Christian Haass Germany
John Hardy United Kingdom
2019 Marie-Germaine Bousser France "for more than 30 years spent describing, understanding and diagnosing the most common inherited form of stroke, CADASIL"
Hugues Chabriat France
Anne Joutel France
Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve France
2020 Sir Adrian Bird United Kingdom "for their fundamental and pioneering work on Rett syndrome."[3]
Huda Zoghbi LebanonUnited States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Brain Prize - Official Website
  2. ^ "Selection Committee". The Brain Prize. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Prize Winners 2011 - Lundbeckfonden - The Brain Prize". www.thebrainprize.org. Retrieved 20 December 2019.