Saturday, April 02, 2005

Drs. Brenda Milner and Endel Tulving Honored

From The Globe and Mail:
Award recognizes Canadian memory research
Cognitive neuroscientists Brenda Milner of McGill University in Montreal and Endel Tulving of the University of Toronto are recipients of the 2005 Gairdner Awards
By JORDAN PRESS
Saturday, April 2, 2005 Updated at 6:09 AM EST
From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Two Canadian psychologists have achieved additional international recognition for their groundbreaking work on how people remember and recall memories.Cognitive neuroscientists Brenda Milner of McGill University in Montreal and Endel Tulving of the University of Toronto are recipients of the 2005 Gairdner Awards. Of the 273 Gairdner winners, 64 have subsequently won the Nobel Prize.

"It is very surprising to me that I was granted this award," Dr. Tulving said yesterday. "The Gairdners are medical awards, and I'm not a medical person . . . I'm a cognitive psychologist."

The 77-year-old researcher has been studying memory since the 1970s. While other researchers focused on where memories are stored in the brain, Dr. Tulving became one of the first to look at how memories are retrieved.

The Harvard graduate has taught at Yale and U of T and is chairman of cognitive neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute.

The other Canadian winner is still teaching at the age of 86. Prof. Milner lectures at McGill and conducts research at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Her work has been recognized worldwide and she is credited with making Canada a top spot for memory research. Forty years ago, Prof. Milner's work focused on the way each side of the brain operates, which was instrumental in identifying which areas are essential to memory.

Prof. Milner is best known for her work with a patient known as H.M.
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