Science of the Brain
Weighing about three pounds for the average adult, within the brain are 100 billion neurons that give us the ability to see, smell and move, as well as think, talk and read. All we experience and remember – in essence, every little thing that makes us who we are – is rooted in the neocortex, the seat of the "thinking" brain. Understanding how such a miracle is possible is the vast mission of the field of neuroscience.
In the past few decades, researchers have learned much about the fundamental workings of the brain, with tremendous gains in knowledge about the molecules that make it run. Armed with the human genome and a combination of cutting-edge genetic methods and brain imaging techniques, lab scientists are now exploring the neural circuitry of living animals in ways they could likely have never dreamed of even just 20 years ago.
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system, including molecular neuroscience, cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, neurogenetics, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and related facets of the brain and nervous system.
For their transformative discovery of receptors for temperature and pressure.
A. James Hudspeth
For their pioneering work on the molecular and neural mechanisms of hearing.
Michael M. Merzenich
Carla J. Shatz
For the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function.
Marcus E. Raichle
For the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.
Cornelia Isabella Bargmann
Ann Martin Graybiel
For elucidating basic neuronal mechanisms underlying perception and decision.
Richard H. Scheller
Thomas C. Südhof
James E. Rothman
For discovering the molecular basis of neurotransmitter release
The Legacy of My Mentors
As told by David Julius
It’s an Extreme Privilege to Be a Scientist
As told by Ardem Patapoutian
The Inner Workings of the Inner Ear
A Conversation with Robert Fettiplace, James Hudspeth, and Christine Petit
Born a Naturalist
As told by A. James Hudspeth
The Fruit of Real Teamwork
As told by Christine Petit
Student Interactions Still Inspire Me
As told by Robert Fettiplace