HFSP awardees among the winners of the 2013 Brain Prize

Three HFSP awardees are among the six winners of the 2013 Brain Prize of the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation.  This year’s prize was awarded in recognition of pioneering work on the development of optogenetics.

Our congratulations go to HFSP awardees, Edward Boyden, Gero Miesenböck and Karl Deisseroth. 

Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University was awarded the first HFSP Nakasone Award in 2010 for his work on the development of optogenetic methods for studying the function of neuronal networks underlying behavior. 

Edward Boyden, of the MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, is an HFSP Program Grant awardee.  He received a 3 year grant in 2010 for “Optical interrogation of motor cortex to provide insight into neuronal control of movement” in collaboration with Timothy Murphy of the University of British Columbia and Kevan Martin of the University of Zurich.

Gero Miesenböck, of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford, together with Barry Dickson of the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Daniel Robert of the University of Bristol and Rachel Wilson of Harvard Medical School, received a 2007 Program Grant to research the “Neural and mechanical basis of acoustic communication in Drosophila”.

You can read more on this year’s Brain Prize in the press release from the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation.