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2014 Gruber Neuroscience Prize Citation

The Gruber Foundation proudly presents the 2014 Neuroscience Prize to Thomas Jessell for his pioneering work on the differentiation of spinal cord neurons and their wiring into networks.

Jessell identified many of the key cellular and molecular components that control the development and function of the spinal cord.  His work has characterized the fundamental mechanisms that govern the specification of neuronal subclasses and the formation of selective connections.

Thomas Jessell's work has forged a direct causal link between gene, neuron, circuit and motor behavior and has established the spinal cord as an exemplary model system for understanding neural development and synaptic connectivity throughout the central nervous system.