Peter Somogyi, Unit Director, received the Semmelweis-Budapest Prize 2012 and delivered his lecture “Co-operative chronocircuits in the hippocampus of the brain” at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at 2.00pm on the 22nd November 2012. He has dedicated the 10,000 Euro prize to the setting up of the Stephen W. Kuffler Scholarship Foundation. Stephen Kuffler was a pioneer genius and an excellent mentor and tutor of talented students, several of whom went on to win Nobel Prizes. He founded the first department of neurobiology in the USA at Harvard University. See highlights of Kuffler's contribution to science in Hubel's Eye, Brain and Vision.
The founding members of the Foundation are:
David H. Hubel, MNAS, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (1981)
Eric R., Kandel, MNAS, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (2000)
Edward A. Kravitz, MNAS, George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology
John G. Nicholls, FRS, Professor of Neuroscience
A. David Smith, FMedSci, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology
Peter Somogyi, FRS, FMedSci, CMHAS, Professor of Neurobiology
E. Sylvester Vizi, MHAS, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Torsten Wiesel, MNAS, 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Tamás Freund, Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine in Budapest, HungaryGyörgy Buzsáki, Board of Governors Professor at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA
“Synaptic wiring specificity and network dynamics in the brain” Brain Prize symposium was held at Sandjberg Conference Centre, Denmark 6-8 May, as part of the Danish Neuroscience Society meeting. Amongst the invited speakers Peter Somogyi spoke on “GABAergic contribution to the chronocircuit of the hippocampus”. The meeting was followed on the 9th of May by the awarding of the 2012 Brain Prizes www.thebrainprize.org in Copenhagen by the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation. Nominations for the 2013 Brain Prize are open to any neuroscientist or members of the public.
Our warmest congratulations to Anna-Kristin Kaufmann who has been awarded a prestigious scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.
Anna’s D.Phil. thesis research in the Unit is focused on the function and dysfunction of midbrain dopamine neurons, and is carried out under the supervision of Dr Paul Dodson in the groups of Professor Paul Bolam and Professor Peter Magill.
Natalie Doig delivered a short presentation of her results, part of the transfer process from Probationary Research Student to DPhil status. In recognition of the excellent standard of her presentation, she was awarded the Paton Prize. This prize is awarded each year to the student who gives the best transfer talk in the Department of Pharmacology, and is in memory of Professor Sir William Paton.
Prof. A. David Smith, Honorary Associate Director of the Unit, will present at The Nansen Neruoscience Lectures 2012. The lectures, commorating the fundamental contribution of Fridtjof Nansen to neuroscience, will be held on the 10th October 2012 at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo.
Prof. Smith's lecture will be entitled, "Slowing progression in Alzheimer's disease by loweing homocysteine– evidence from neuroimaging."