John O'Keefe, PhD, is professor of cognitive neuroscience and director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London in the UK. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from City College of New York and a PhD in physiological psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Dr. O'Keefe has been honored around the world for his work in cognitive neuroscience and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has authored more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed publications.
The Horwitz Prize is widely considered to be a precursor to a Nobel. Of the 91 Horwitz Prize winners to date, 43 have gone on to receive Nobel prizes. Most recently, James E. Rothman, PhD, a 2002 Horwitz Prize winner and adjunct professor of physiology & cellular biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. For a list of previous Horwitz Prize awardees, please click here.
The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was established under the will of the late S. Gross Horwitz through a bequest to Columbia University. It is named in honor of the donor's mother, Louisa Gross Horwitz, who was the daughter of Dr. Samuel David Gross (180589), a prominent Philadelphia surgeon who served as president of the American Medical Association and wrote "Systems of Surgery."
The 2013 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lectures will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, followed by an awards ceremony.
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