Brain Sciences Awards 2016

2016 American Legion Family awards ceremony. (l-r) Marc Pisansky, Past National Commander Dan Ludwig, Department Commander Jim Kellogg, Brain Sciences Foundation president James Munson, Brain Sciences Center director Apostolos Georgopoulos, Jennifer Zick.

Working with the American Legion

   

A collaborative effort

The endowed University of Minnesota Brain Sciences Chair was created out of the effort and generosity of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion, who raised over 1 million dollars in the late 1980's.  This gift was matched by the University of Minnesota and the Chair was dedicated in a 1991 ceremony at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.  Shortly thereafter, the Brain Sciences Center at the VAMC was established as the seat of the Chair.

 

Under the direction of Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, researchers at the Brain Sciences Center are studying PTSD, Gulf War Illness, Alzheimer's Disease, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and areas of the brain involved with movement, timing and cognitive processes.

 

In addition, national and international collaborations of Center staff, seminars by neuroscience experts from this country and abroad, the organization of international meetings, and the annual American Legion Brain Sciences Lecture, have made the Center an exciting place to work and advance brain research.

 

Brain Sciences Scholarship Award

The Brain Sciences Scholarship was created in 1997 to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of students, involved in brain research, at the University of Minnesota and Brain Sciences Center.  The award was created by the American Legion family’s Brain Science Foundation who presents it, each year, to aide in the educational pursuits of these exceptional students.

American Legion Brain Sciences Scholarship Award recipients

2016
Marc Pisansky & Jennifer Zick
2015
Rachel Johnson & Adele DeNicola
2014
Scott Warren & Fatou Amar
2013
Sofia Sakellaridi & Roger Dumas
2012
Margaret Mahan & Rachael Blackman
2011
Nicole Scott & Michael Powell
2010
Tiffany Schmidt & Nancy Day
2009
Aurelio Alonso & Vasileios Christopoulos
2008
Michelle Arnhold & Adam Johnson
2007
Marissa Boulware & Nathan Jackson
2006
Erin Larson & Jadin Jackson
2005
Murray Blackmore & Amy Naleid

 

 

American Legion Brain Sciences Lectures

2016
Robert F. Miller, MD, PhD, 3M Bert Cross Professor of Neuroscience,
University of Minnesota
"How close are we to a cure for schizophrenia?"
2015
Kâmil Uğurbil, McKnight Presidential Chair in Radiology, Neurosciences, and Medicine; Professor of Radiology, University of Minnesota; Director, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).
"Harnessing nuclear spins and magnetic fields towards understanding the Human Brain: A marriage between Physics and Neuroscience"
2014
Richard A. Andersen, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology "Parietal Cortex In Action"
2013
Harvey Karten, UCSD
"Cells, Circuits and Genes: Evolutionary Origins Of Mammalian Neocortex"
2012
Suzanne Corkin, MIT
"Making History with H. M."
2011

Michael Petrides, McGill University
"Lateral Prefrontal and Parietal Contributions to Working Memory: Monitoring vs Manipulation"

2010

Andy Schwartz, University of Pittsburgh

"The Power of Neural Populations"

2009

Mahlon DeLong, Emory University School of Medicine

"Circuits & circuit disorders of the basal ganglia: surgical repair"

2008
Ann Graybiel, MIT
'Our Habitual lives: How Our Brain Makes and Breaks Habits'
2007
Serge Rossignol, University of Montreal
“Locomotor Adaptation After Lesions of the Nervous System.”
2003
Pablo Rudomin PhD, IPN, Mexico City
2002
Robert Wurtz PhD, National Eye Institute
2001
Patricia Goldman-Rakic PhD, Yale University
2000
Gerald M. Edelman MD PhD, Neurosciences Institute
1999
Joseph T. Coyle MD, Harvard Medical School
1998
Solomon H. Snyder MD, Johns Hopkins University
1997
Floyd E. Bloom MD, Scripps Institute
1996
Eric R. Kandel MD, Columbia University
1995
Vernon B. Mountcastle MD, Johns Hopkins University

 

American Legion / Brain Sciences Scholarship Awards from years past

Brain Sciences Awards 2016

 


 

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Updated May 16, 2016