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NEW ORLEANS — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded the Donald B. Lindsley Prize to Katherine Tschida, PhD, of Duke University, during Neuroscience 2012, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Supported by The Grass Foundation, the prize recognizes an outstanding PhD thesis in the area of general behavioral neuroscience. The award, which includes $2,500, was established in 1979 in honor of Donald B. Lindsley, PhD, who was an early trustee of The Grass Foundation.

“The Society commends Dr. Tschida’s innovative research,” said Moses V. Chao, PhD, president of SfN. “Her thesis on bird song learning is an exceptional demonstration of how even the most complex behaviors can be understood at the cellular level.”

Tschida, who earned her PhD at Duke University, used multi-photon imaging to examine how auditory feedback to the HVC nucleus — the center for singing and song learning in bird brains — guides and sustains song production. Her novel research elucidated how nerve cells and the connections between them change in response to song learning.

Tschida is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University.

The Society for Neuroscience is an organization of more than 42,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.