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UCSF pair win Gruber Foundation Neuroscience prize
Date:6/12/2012

ing together, the Jans discovered that potassium channels were responsible for a distinctive behavioral phenotype and they were subsequently successful in cloning and extensively characterizing core members of three different ion channel families. In parallel investigations, they also made seminal discoveries regarding the development of neurons and glia, including key features of cell fate specification, asymmetric cell division and dendritic maturation.

The remarkable and continuing advances by the Jans have provided key insights into the development and function of the nervous system, and have inspired and guided both trainees and other investigators to pursue two important areas of research.

Laureates of the Gruber Neuroscience Prize:

2011: Huda Y. Zoghbi, for her pioneering work on revealing the genetic underpinnings of neurological disorders

2010: Robert H. Wurtz, for pioneering work concerning the neural bases of visual processing in primates

2009: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young, for revealing the gene-driven mechanism that controls rhythm in the nervous system

2008: John O'Keefe, for discovering place cells, which led to important findings in cognitive neuroscience

2007: Shigetada Nakanishi, for pioneering research into communication between nerve cells in the brain

2006: Masao Ito and Roger Nicoll, for work on the molecular and cellular bases of memory and learning

2005: Masakazu Konishi and Eric Knudsen, for work on the neural basis of sound localization

2004: Seymour Benzer, for applying the tools of molecular biology and genetics to the fruit fly, Drosophila, and linking individual genes to their behavioral phenotypes

The Prize recipients are chosen by the Neuroscience Selection Advisory Board. Its members are: Carol A. Barnes, University of Arizona (Chair); Ben Barres, Stanford University; Stephen Heinemann, Salk Institute; David A. Lewis, University of Pittsburgh;
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Contact: Sara Hrera
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Yale University
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