"We believe that a Neuroscience Prize is not only a timely addition to a field with the potential to dominate the century, but that in focusing on understanding this magnificent structure we call the brain, we will shine light on a field that has much to contribute for at least the next hundred years."
Peter Gruber, Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder
The Gruber Foundation
The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system.
The Prize, established in 2004, is an unrestricted cash award of $500,000, a gold medal inscribed with the recipient's name, and a citation describing the achievement for which the recipient is being honored. It is awarded each year to a person or persons chosen by a distinguished advisory board of neuroscience experts from nominations that are received from around the world.
Carla Shatz and Michael Greenberg provided new insights into how neural circuit function regulates brain development and plasticity and how dysfunction can contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders
Thomas Jessell’s pioneering work on the differentiation of spinal cord neurons and their wiring into networks forged a direct causal link between gene, neuron, circuit and motor behavior.