The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 


Announcements, Honors, Awards


  Alliance Members Win IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize

Members Pierre J. Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., L'ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Marcus E. Raichle, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, won the Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize, along with David Atwell. The prize, presented at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen, Denmark, celebrated their contributions to neuroenergetics.

Alliance Members Win Kavli Prize

Members Eve Marder, Ph.D., Brandeis University, and Carla J. Shatz, Ph.D., Bio-X, won the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience with Michael M. Merzenich "for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function."

In Memoriam: Suzanne H. Corkin, Ph.D.

We are saddened by the loss of Suzanne H. Corkin, Ph.D., who passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 79 years old. She was a professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and will be remembered for her in depth studies on memory, particularly her work with the famous amnesiac H.M.

Alliance Member Awarded Karolinska Institutet Jubilee Gold Medal

Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., Nobel Laureate and President Emeritus of the Rockefeller University, was awarded the 2016 Karolinska Institutet Jubilee Gold Medal with Rune Fransson. The medal recognizes Wiesel's outstanding contributions to the university as a leader of advisory boards for the Department of Neuroscience.

Two Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Nathaniel Heintz, Ph.D., the James and Marilyn Simons Professor at the Rockefeller University, was elected as a 2016 National Academy of Sciences member. Christine Petit, Ph.D., was elected as a 2016 foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Two Members Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

John L. R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D., the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco has been elected as a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Nancy Y. Ip, Ph.D., Dean of Science and the Morningside Professor of Life Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been elected as a 2016 Foreign Honorary Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dana Alliance Member Elected to Royal Society

Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Yale School of Medicine, has been elected as a 2016 Royal Society Fellows Foreign Member.

Dana Alliance Member Wins Salk Institute Medal

Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine won the Salk Institute Medal for Research Excellence for his research on neuropharmacology.

Two Members Awarded the 2016 Brain Prize

The Brain Prize for 2016 was awarded to Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris, both Dana Alliance members, along with Timothy Bliss for their ground-breaking research on the cellular and molecular basis of Long-Term Potentiation and the demonstration that this form of synaptic plasticity underpins spatial memory and learning.

 The Dana Alliance Welcomes 12 New Members

Michael A. Burman, Ph.D., University of New England
Alain Chédotal, Ph.D., Institut de la Vision, France
Adrienne L. Fairhall, Ph.D., University of Washington
Robert Wolfe Greene, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Nancy Y. Ip, Ph.D., The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Masao Ito, M.D., RIKEN Brain Sciences Institute, Japan
Frances E. Jensen, M.D., F.A.C.P., University of Pennsylvania Health System
Ricardo B. Maccioni, M.D., Ph.D., University of Chile
Mart Saarma, Ph.D., University of Helsinki, Finland
Wendy A. Suzuki, Ph.D., New York University
Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D., RIKEN-MIT, Japan-MA
Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D., Kyoto University, Japan  

In Memoriam: Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.

We regret to announce that Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Dr. Gilman, while working at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Rodbell for their "discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells."

Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D. Joins DABI's Executive Committee

Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., Director of NINDS, NIH was elected to DABI's Executive Committee effective November, 2015. 

In Memoriam:  Richard T. Johnson, M.D.

We are sad to announce that Richard T. Johnson, M.D., passed away at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday, November 29, 2015. Dr. Johnson, a founding member of DABI, was credited as the inventor of neurovirology. His work was invaluable to the study of viral infections in the brain.

In Memoriam: Lori Altshuler, M.D.

We are saddened by the loss of Lori Altshuler, M.D., who died at home on November 5, 2015 after a long illness. Dr. Alshuler established the Center for Mood Disorders at UCLA and in 2004 received the Julia S. Gouw Endowed Chair in Mood Disorders. She was elected to the “Best Doctors in America” seven times by her peers. She led a distinguished career as both a psychiatrist and a professor.

DABI Members Elected AAAS Fellows

Louis J. Ptáček, M.D., Michael N. Shadlen, M.D., Ph.D., and Steven A. Siegelbaum, Ph.D., have been elected 2015 Fellows of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 DABI Members Receive Prizes from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Two DABI members received Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Robert R. Freeman, M.D., was awarded the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, and BJ Casey, Ph.D., was awarded the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Four EDAB Members join DABI's Executive Committee

Four EDAB Executive Committee members Pierre Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Morris, DPhil., FRSE, FRS, Wolf Singer, M.D., Ph.D., and Eva Sykova, M.D., Ph.D., DSc., have been elected members of DABI's Executive Committee.  Colin Blakemore, Ph.D, ScD., FRS has been a member of DABI's Executive Committee since 1997.

Larry Swanson elected Secretary-General of IBRO

Larry W. Swanson, Ph.D., was elected the next Secretary-General of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and will succeed the current president, EDAB Executive Committee member Sten Grillner, in January 2016.  

 In Memoriam:  Vernon B. Mountcastle, M.D.

We are saddened by the loss of Vernon B. Mountcastle, M.D., who died at home in North Baltimore, Maryland on January 11, 2015.  Dr. Mountcastle was widely recognized as the "father of neuroscience" for his breakthrough discoveries of how the brain is constructed -  revealing the structure of the cerebral cortex and parietal lobe of the cortex and the areas that process certain kinds of information.  He was the esteemed recipient of many awards including the 1983 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the National Medal of Science.  Dr. Mountcastle was a founding member of DABI. See also, Guy McKhann's tribute to Dr. Mountcastle.

Richard Huganir awarded Goldman-Rakic Prize  

Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D., was awarded the Goldman-Rakic Prize for his pioneering research on "molecules involved in strengthening connections between nerve cells in the brain" that has helped shed light on the mechanisms underlying learning and memory, which has implications for Alzheimer's, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia among others. 

 Mahlon DeLong wins Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award

Mahlon R. DeLong, M.D., and EDAB member Alim Louis Benabid were awarded the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for developing novel techniques of deep brain stimulation of the subthalmic nucleus by surgically implanting a "brain pacemaker" that can reduce tremors and restore motor function in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease.

Robert Daroff wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert B. Daroff, M.D., received The Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Headache Foundation in May. The award is presented to a health care professional for an impressive body of work in the field of headache and for enriching countless lives of those who experience headache. 

Diane Griffin wins 2015 Excellence in Science Award

Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Science Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) for her achievements studying human viral diseases, including her "seminal studies of a nerve cell's recovery from viral infections of the brain."