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2017 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

Joshua R. Sanes, PhD, director of the Center for Brain Neuroscience at Harvard University, has been a pioneer in elucidating how neural connections form within the nervous system. Working first with the neuromuscular junction and later with the retina, Sanes has made groundbreaking discoveries about the mechanisms and molecules that drive synapse formation and specificity — findings that have profoundly transformed our understanding of how the human brain functions.