Two major neuroscience prizes were awarded during the Brain Technologies‘ Braintech 2015 Conference in Tel Aviv to promising researchers from Israel and the U.S.
The prizes acknowledge the work of neuroscientists and mathematicians whose research advance our understanding of the human brain as well as solutions, treatments, and cures for various brain-related ailments.
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The $100, 000 Mathematical Neuroscience Prize was awarded to Prof. Nancy Kopell of Boston University for her work in mathematical analysis of the nervous system functions, and to Prof. Bard Ermentrout from the University of Pittsburgh for his classic work in mathematical biology. Each received a $100, 000 prize.
The $100, 000 Adelis Brain Research Award was presented to Dr. Ami Citri of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for outstanding work in the field of experience-dependent plasticity and its impact on diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The Citri lab develops unique multi-disciplinary approaches to studying the encoding of experiences in the brain, and has developed a unique system to study the basis of selective attention, which was recognized by the Adelis Award.
Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance Israel’s neurotechnology industry by accelerating neuro-innovation and fostering international collaboration. IBT is based on the vision of former Israeli President Shimon Peres of turning Israel into a global hub of brain technology – from “Startup Nation” to “Brain Nation.”
IBT’s international BrainTech Conference brings together thought-leaders from around the world to advance neuroscience and neurotechnology – entrepreneurs, neuroscientists, clinicians, investors, startups, multinationals and policymakers.
IBT is led by a team of technology entrepreneurs and life science professionals and is advised by renowned academic, industry and public sector representatives.
Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) awards the Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Prize to researchers in the field of theoretical mathematics in neuroscience for a $100, 000 prize. The Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Prize honors researchers who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling.
The Adelis Award is aimed at recognizing and supporting research in Israel which will significantly advance our knowledge and understanding of the brain in health and pathologies. Candidates were reviewed and the winners were selected by a committee of distinguished experts in brain research together with prominent representatives of the public.