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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.


The Gruber Foundation presents the 2024 Gruber Neuroscience Prize to Cornelia Bargmann and Gerald Rubin for fundamental research and leadership in the use of the invertebrate genetic model organisms in neuroscience.

Cornelia Bargmann and Gerald Rubin Headshot

The Gruber Foundation presents the 2023 Gruber Neuroscience Prize to Huda Akil for contributions to the identification of the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms that underlie a range of neuropsychiatric conditions such as stress, pain, depression, and drug addiction.