“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.

Larry Abbott, PhD, of Columbia University, Emery Neal Brown, MD, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital, Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UC San Diego, and Haim Sompolinsky, PhD, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University, have been pioneers in the fields of computational and theoretical neuroscience, fields that have become crucial to helping scientists unravel the complexities of neural networks in the brain. Using mathematics, physics, statistics, and machine learning, they have generated theories, models, and computational tools that have transformed the field of neuroscience and provided profound insights into the nature of the brain and the mind.

Christine Petit and Christopher A. Walsh have been pioneers in elucidating the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underly human neurodevelopmental hereditary disorders