Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences

A press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

NINDS Javits Award Goes to Six Inventive Neuroscientists
07 September 2005
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, has named six scientists to receive its prestigious Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences. The award is given to individual investigators who have demonstrated exceptional scientific excellence and productivity in research supported by the NINDS and who are expected to conduct innovative research over the next 7 years.

Authorized by the Congress in 1983, the award honors the late U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY), who was a strong advocate for research on a variety of neurological disorders. Senator Javits suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disabling neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“The Javits award gives highly productive scientists, whose work is on the cutting edge in their field, an even greater opportunity to understand the interplay involved in the cause and, hopefully, treatment or even prevention of neurological diseases,” said Story Landis, Ph.D., NINDS Director.

The Award guarantees funding for 4 years, after which 3 additional years may be awarded pending receipt and approval of additional information. Investigators are nominated by either NINDS staff or members of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, from a pool of competing applicants during a grants cycle. The Council must approve each recommendation, with final selection being made by the NINDS Director.

Recipients of the Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences are:

- Paul Brehm, Ph.D., Leading Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

- Michael D. Cahalan, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California at Irvine.

- Liqun Luo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.

- Joshua R. Sanes, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University.

- Ronald L. Schnaar, Ph.D., Professor, The Department of Pharmacology and Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

-Steven M. Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Yale Medical School.
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