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
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."
Alan Cowey (life), FRS, FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford and Honorary Associate of the Unit, passed away on the 19th of December 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer on the 24th of September. Alan was one of Peter Somogyi’s closest friends and past collaborator, a pioneer of visual neuroscience, an unflinching supporter of the Unit, a true gentleman and an example to us all as a scientist and as a person.
We are delighted to welcome back Artur Koroknai for a short visit to Professor Somogyi’s laboratory. Artur is a previous winner of the Oxford Ramon y Cajal Scholarship. He won with his essay: "Does the organization and function of the nervous system reflects its phylogenetic developmental level? Or… Why humans are causing the sixth great extinction of life in the history of the Earth?"
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.