We would like to extend our congratulations to one of our customers, Dr. Ann M. Graybiel, recipient of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their pivotal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Dr. Graybiel studies how understanding the habit system of the brain can help identify diseases and disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and addiction.
“Ann M. Graybiel, of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, at MIT, has identified and traced neural loops going from the outer layer of the brain to a region called the striatum and back again, and revealed that these form the basis for linking sensory cues to actions involved in habitual behaviors. She has provided a deeper understanding of the ability to make or break habits, and of what goes wrong in movement and repetitive behavior disorders” (Kavli Prize, July 2, 2012).
The awards will be presented by Harald V, King of Norway, at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway on September 4.