SfN Members Take Home 2015 Brain Prize
SfN members Winfried Denk, Arthur Konnerth, Karel Svoboda, and David Tank have been awarded the 2015 Brain Prize for the invention and development of two-photon microscopy, a transformative tool in brain research. Two-photon microscopy combines advanced techniques from physics and biology to allow scientists to study the finest structures of the brain in real time.
The 1 million euro prize is awarded by the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation to one or more scientists who have made outstanding contributions to European brain research. The prize will be presented by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark on May 7 in Copenhagen.
“Thanks to these four scientists we’re now able to study the normal brain’s development and attempt to understand what goes wrong when we’re affected by destructive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. More than that, we are able to visualize how adaptive behavioral changes affect the nerve cells of living animals,” professor Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen, chair of the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation, said in the press release.