Dana Alliance Neuroscientists Awarded Inaugural Kavli Prize


May 29, 2008

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Thomas M. Jessell 
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Pasko Rakic 
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Sten Grillner 
Three Dana Alliance members have been awarded the first Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Thomas M. Jessell of Columbia University and Pasko Rakic of Yale University, both members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and European Dana Alliance for the Brain member Sten Grillner of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden were named winners of the prize on May 28. All prize-winners will be honored at a ceremony at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo in September.

Jessell, Rakic and Grillner share the prize for their related work on how brain cells and spinal cells assemble themselves into neuronal circuits (a two-minute Kavli Prize audio link, two-page summary and explanatory essay describe their research). The Kavli Prizes, a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, was established by Norwegian-born physicist Fred Kavli to recognize outstanding scientific research. The $1 million prize will be awarded every two years for pioneering work in the areas of nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics.