The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 


Announcements, Honors, Awards


Graham L. Collingridge Recognized in 2019 Queen's Birthday Honors

Alliance Member Graham L. Collingridge, Ph.D., F.R.S., was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's birthday honors list on June 8, 2019. The honor recognizes Dr. Collingridge for his contributions to neuroscience research.

Linda Richards Recognized in 2019 Queen's Birthday Honors

Alliance member Linda Richards, Ph.D., FAA, FAHMS, was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's birthday honors list on June 8, 2019. The honor recognizes Dr. Richards for her "distinguished service to medical research and education in the field of developmental neurobiology, and to community engagement in science."

In Memoriam: Dominick P. Purpura

We regretfully announce the death of Dominick Purpura on May 16, 2019. Described by colleagues as an "extraordinary teacher," Dr. Purpura was dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 22 years and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine. His numerous contributions to neuroscience include furthering knowledge of the mechanisms of epilepsy and demonstrating that structural abnormalities in the brain's nerve cells are fundamentally involved in disorders of cognitive development. A dean well known for remarking that "pressure makes diamonds," Dr. Purpura's educational platform proved extremely influential and was adopted by medical schools nationwide.

In Memoriam: Paul Greengard

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Paul Greengard on April 13, 2019.  Dr. Greengard, received the Nobel Prize in 2000 along with fellow DABI members Eric Kandel and Arvid Carlsson. Dr. Greengard was the Vincent Astor Professor at The Rockefeller Universty and director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimers Disease Research. Through his research in slow synaptic transmission, Dr. Greengard advanced our understanding of how brain cells communicate and would later work on studying the signaling defects of specific disorders, including Alzheimer's disease. 

In Memoriam: Masao Ito

We are saddened by the loss of Masao Ito on December 18, 2018. A past director of RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) and former neuroscience professor at University of Tokyo, Dr. Ito's achievements include discovery of long-term depression in the cerebellum and making the first ever intracellular recording with a microelectrode from dorsal root ganglion cells. Later in his career, Dr. Ito became well-known for advocacy of international cooperation in science.

In Memoriam: Lewis L. Judd

We regret to announce the passing of Lewis Judd on December 16, 2018. A founding member of the Dana Alliance, Dr. Judd retired as chairman from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 2013. During his time as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Judd was instrumental in formation of the "Decade of The Brain."

 Alliance Welcomes 24 New Members

The Dana Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Luis A. Aguilar Mendoza, Ph.D., Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
Karen F. Berman, M.D., National Institutes of Health, NIMH, US
Pawel Boguszewski, Ph.D., Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Poland
Francesco Ferraguti, M.D., Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Matthew E. Fink, M.D., Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian, US
Stuart Firestein, Ph.D., Columbia University, US
Yukiko Goda, Ph.D., RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
Ahmet Hoke, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, US
Atsushi Iriki, D.D.S., Ph.D., D.M. Sc., RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan
Tomohiro Ishizu, Ph.D., University College London, UK
Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Dr. habil., Ph.D., Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Eliezer Masliah, M.D., National Institute on Aging, NIH, US
John H. Maunsell, Ph.D., University of Chicago, US
Paula I. Moreira, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Coimbra, Portugal
Alejandro Múnera, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Lionel Naccache, M.D., Ph.D., Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, France
Uhtaek Oh, Ph.D., Brain Science Institute, KIST, Korea
Nam-Jong Paik, M.D., Ph.D., Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea
Marisa Pedemonte, M.D., Ph.D., School of Medicine, CLAEH University, Uruguay
Linda Richards B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Queensland, Australia
Laurence Ris, Ph.D., University of Mons, Belgium
Jeffrey D. Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, US
Rubin Wang, Ph.D., Institute for Cognitive Neurodynamics, China
Masashi Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D., University of Tsukuba, Japan

Joseph J. Fins Honored by American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians bestowed the 2019 Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award to Alliance member Joseph Fins, M.D. M.A.C.P., F.R.P.C., Weill Cornell Medical College, in recognition of his “contributions to humanism in medicine.” The recipients are selected in acknowledgement of their scholarly activities in the realm of the humanities.

Gӧnül Peker is Co-Recipient of Education in Neuroscience Award

Dana Alliance member Gönül Peker, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Ege University, won the 2018 Education in Neuroscience Award. The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) issues the award in recognition of extraordinary contributions to neuroscience education and training. As co-recipient, Dr. Peker shares the honor with Erik Herzog, Ph.D., Washington University.

Stephen Waxman Wins SfN Julius Axelrod Prize

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded Stephen G. Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., Yale Medical School and VA Connecticut Health System, it’s 2018 Julius Axelrod Prize. The honor is conferred to individuals with “exemplary efforts in mentoring young scientists” and achievements in neuropharmacology or related fields.

Helen Mayberg Receives the INS Steven E. Hyman Award

Alliance member Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is this year’s winner of the Steven E. Hyman Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Neuroethics. The honor, issued by the International Neuroethics Society, is presented in recognition of “people who have helped develop the field of neuroethics.”

Alliance Members Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

 Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, and Ann C. McKee, M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Membership is recognized as one of the highest honors in the medical and scientific fields.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Wins Royal Society Prize for Book of the Year 

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Ph.D., University College London, won the 2018 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for her bookInventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain.” Blakemore is the fourth-woman to win the prestigious award in its 30-year history.

Alliance Member Celebrates 100th Birthday!

The Dana Alliance would like to extend best wishes to member Brenda Milner, Sc.D., as she celebrates her 100th birthday on July 15, 2018. Milner, a pioneer in memory research, worked closely with Henry Molaison, more commonly known as H.M., who famously developed amnesia from the removal of tissue from both his medial temporal lobes. Age has not slowed down Milner; she continues to hold regular office hours at McGill University.

In Memoriam: Arvid Carlsson

We regret to announce the passing of Arvid Carlsson on June 29, 2018. He was professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg. In 2000, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with DABI members Eric Kandel and Paul Greengard “for their discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system.” He will be remembered for his research on dopamine signaling in the brain, which is crucial in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.

 Alliance Members Win Kavli Prize

The 2018 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, which recognizes neuroscientists for pioneering advances in our understanding of existence at its biggest, smallest, and most complex scale, was presented to member A. James Hudspeth, of The Rockefeller University, Robert Fettiplace, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and member Christine Petit, of Collège de France/Pasteur Institute, for their scientific discoveries of the molecular and neural mechanisms of hearing. The Laureates used complementary approaches to unravel the mechanisms by which hair cells in the inner ear transform sound into electrical signals that can be deciphered by the brain.

Alliance Members Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

 Members Carol A. Mason, Ph.D., Columbia University, Christopher A. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., Children's Hospital Boston & HHMI, and Professor Peter Hagoort, F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, were elected to the National Academy of Medicine.