The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 

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Announcements, Honors, Awards

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John Hildebrand Elected Foreign Secretary of National Academy of Sciences

DABI member John G. Hildebrand, Ph.D., University of Arizona has been elected to be the next Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. He will be responsible for the international activities of the Academy during his four-year term beginning July 1, 2014. DABI member Diane Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health serves as NAS Vice President.

 12 New Members Join the Dana Alliance

Steven W. Barger, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute-Florida
Emanuel M. DiCicco-Bloom, M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Rutgers
Sharona E. Gordon, Ph.D., University of Washington
Patrick R. Hof, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dennis L. Molfese, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D., Stanford University
S. Murray Sherman, B.S., Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago
James W. Simpkins, Ph.D., West Virginia University Health Science Center
Elizabeth S. Spelke, Ph.D., Harvard University
Arthur Wingfield, D.Phil., Brandeis University
Tom C.T. Yin, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Marcus Raichle wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Marcus E. Raichle, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, was awarded the Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize for his remarkable findings about he persistent brain activity of our at-rest minds. The $10,000 cash prize is becoming increasingly well-known among biomedical scientists.

Elizabeth S. Spelke Wins First National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Prize
in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
 

Elizatbeth S. Spelke, Ph.D., Harvard University, was awarded the inaugural  NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences for her pioneering work focusing on infants and children to reveal how the young brain represents concepts such as numbers and spatial relationships. Dr. Spelke will receive a $200,000 prize.   

Thomas M. Jessell Wins 2014 Vilcek Prize

 Thomas M. Jessel, Ph.D., Columbia University, was awarded the 2014 Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science honoring foreign-born biomedical scientists and artists who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States. From a clinical perspective, Jessel's findings have paved the way for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, notably spinal muscular atrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease.

Thomas C. Südhof Wins Nobel Prize

Thomas C. Südhof, M.D.,was conferred the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (sharing the award with James Rothman, Ph.D., and Robert Schekman, Ph.D.) for his discovery of the nature of synaptic connections and transmissions and the chemical reactions and proteins involved. Dr. Südhof is the Avram Goldstein Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

New Members Elected to Dana Alliance
Executive Committee

Steven E. Hyman, M.D., Director of the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research has been elected to the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives Executive Committee.


Story C. Landis, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH has been elected to the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives Executive Committee. 

In Memoriam: David H. Hubel, M.D.  

We are saddened by the loss of David H. Hubel, M.D., who died from kidney failure on September 22, 2013.  Dr. Hubel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his novel discoveries of how the visual cortex processes information and visual perception, sharing it with Torsten N. Wiesel and Roger Sperry.  He was the John Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus at Harvard Medical School.

    

Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., and Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D., were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Five Members of the Dana Alliance Elected to the Institute of Medicine 

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., The  Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Joseph G. Gleeson, M.D., Investigator, HHMI, University of California, San Diego
Pat R. Levitt, Ph.D., Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Eve Marder, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Christopher A. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., Investigator, HHMI, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School