2021 Gruber Neuroscience Prize Citation

The Gruber Foundation proudly presents the 2021 Neuroscience Prize to Christine Petit and Christopher A. Walsh for their use of genetic and molecular methods to elucidate fundamental mechanisms underlying hereditary diseases of the human nervous system. Their innovative and pioneering use of consanguineous families led to the identification of numerous genes mutated in disorders of hearing loss and cerebral cortical development. These discoveries were then dissected at the mechanistic level in model organisms, leading to new understanding of how the cochlea functions and how the cerebral cortex forms.