EARLY-CAREER SCIENTIST WINNER Viviana Gradinaru, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA Dr. Gradinaru is recognized for developing innovative tools to investigate neural circuits underlying locomotion, reward and sleep. Her early work defined subcellular and transcellular trafficking principles that resulted in production of potent and safe optogenetic tools. More recently Dr. Gradinaru developed whole-body tissue clearing techniques, a fundamental approach to visualizing central and peripheral nervous system interactions with target organs and skeletal systems. Dr. Gradinaru applied these techniques to advance the efficacy of deep brain stimulation, a powerful therapeutic option for people suffering from movement and affective disorders.
EARLY-CAREER SCIENTIST FINALISTS Michael Halassa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Dr. Halassa is recognized for developing neuro-computational frameworks that define cognitive processes like attention and executive function. His research describes thalamic control of functional connectivity within and across cortical regions in cognition, challenging the field’s classical understanding of the thalamus as a sensory relay center of categorical information. Using a combination of genetic, optical, electrophysiological and computational approaches, Dr. Halassa has defined a new theoretical model of thalamo-cortical function that has important implications for disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD. Kay Tye, PhD, Whitehead Career Development Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA Dr. Tye is recognized for her circuit-based approaches that study neural networks involved in emotion and social behaviors. Using optogenetics to enable precise spatial and temporal manipulation of neural activity, she reformed the field’s understanding of neural circuits that underlie motivation and reward. Her elegant approaches revealed that positive and negative emotional values are encoded by distinct neural circuits that intermingle within a single brain region, challenging the paradigm of thinking about the brain’s functional units as separate anatomical elements. Dr. Tye’s research has important implications for disorders of motivation and emotion including anxiety, depression and addiction.
NOV TRANSFORMATIVE RESEARCH IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS:
2017 Innovators in Science Award Symposium Join Takeda & the New York Academy of Sciences along with Distinguished Guests from the neuroscience community in recognizing the 2017 Innovators in Science Award Honorees in Neuroscience. The Symposium will be a unique opportunity for guests to join a dialogue with leading researchers, clinicians, and prominent industry stakeholders from around the globe about the transformational research happening at the frontiers of neuroscience today. CONTACT TakedaInnovators@nyas.org KEYNOTE SPEAKER Eric Kandel, MD Nobel Laureate Columbia University @NYASciences @TakedaPharma #TakedaInnovators
LOCATION The New York Academy of Sciences EVENT TIME 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST Presented By
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