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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, comprises an engraved gold laureate pin, an unrestricted cash award of $500,000, 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.

2018 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

Ann M. Graybiel, Okihide Hikosaka and Wolfram Schultz have been pioneers in the study of the structure, organization and functions of the basal ganglia. 

2017 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

Joshua Sanes made groundbreaking discoveries about synapses, transforming our understanding of how the human brain functions.