Awards & Honors Summer 2018 Issue 45

Awards and Honors

MIT Institute Professor and founding member of the McGovern Institute, Ann Grayiel.
MIT Institute Professor and founding member of the McGovern Institute, Ann Grayiel.

Ed Boyden has been named a recipient of the 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award—Canada’s most prestigious scientific prize—for his role in the discovery of light-gated ion channels and optogenetics, a technology to control brain activity with light.

Ann Graybiel has won the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience for her work on the complexity and function of the basal ganglia.

Nancy Kanwisher has been named a recipient of the 2018 Heineken Prize — the Netherlands’ most prestigious scientific prize — for her work on the functional organization of the human brain.

Feng Zhang has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences for his work developing molecular biology tools, including the CRISPR-Cas9 system.

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