The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research awards 12.5 million Norwegian kroner annually to the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. This is stated in the proposed national budget for 2013.
The government claims that the centre is one of the most excellent research environments in Norway. The 12.5 million is a basic allowance to support infrastructure and technical staff.
The grant ensures stability for the operation of the centre, thus, better conditions to do excellent research in the time to come.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded The Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience to Lisa M. Giocomo, PhD, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and Junjie Guo, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University. The award recognizes two promising young scientists for their outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting. It is supported by The Gruber Foundation and includes $25,000 for each recipient. The award was presented during Neuroscience 2012, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
“SfN believes it is important for the greater neuroscience community to recognize the innovative research of young scientists like Dr. Giocomo and Dr. Guo,” said Moses V. Chao, PhD, president of SfN. “Their ability to think outside of the box to answer big questions about their research demonstrates the creativity we need to advance the field of neuroscience.”
Giocomo is making important contributions to understanding how the brain encodes spatial information. By bridging neurophysiology, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling, her work has forged new ways of understanding grid cells, neurons involved in forming spatial maps. Giocomo earned her PhD at Boston University and is a group leader at Kavli Institute for Systems Neurosceince at NTNU.
Kavli Week 2012 adds to a string of scientific pearls in Trondheim the Mosers feel.
- To us this has been an intense and exciting week, Edvard Moser says. – We are so grateful to all of the brilliant researchers that have shared their time and knowledge with us.
- We truly loved having the opportunity to meet and talk with these masters of minds, and hope our guests feel the same way, is May-Britt Moser's comment, as she continues, - Naturally we need to express our gratitude to Fred Kavli and the Kavlifoundation, as well as the laureates. We are in a sense a happy growing scientific family, and these Kavli events make the ties stronger every time.
Fred Kavli with Norway's Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen, and several winners of the Kavli Prize. Neuroscience laureates present are: Cornelia Bargmann (2012), Sten Grillner(2008), Winfried Denk(2012), Ann Graybiel(2012) and Pasco Rakic(2008). Snapshot taken at Kavli Foundation’s reception at the Grand Hotel in Oslo 2 September.
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Here are highlights from the 2012 Kavli Prize Week programme.
Kavli Public Lecture 18:30 - 19.30 The Students Society, Elgeseter gate 1, Trondheim
The Kavli Prize Lectures 10:00 - 12:00 NTNU – Gløshaugen – Auditorium R1
Kavli Symposium on Neuroscience 14.50 - 17.00 Centre for Women and Children, Auditorium 1st floor
Professor Giacomo Rizzolatti almost couldn't leave the podium after his Kavli lecture in Trondheim on Friday, 15 June. An enthusiastic audience of brain researchers and other attendees were eager to hear even more about mirror neurons, which the Italian researcher discovered in 1992.
Distinguished Kavli Lecture - Professor Oscar Marín and Assistant Professor Beatriz Rico, 1st June 2012
Title: Assembly of cortical circuits
Medical-Technical Research Centre (MTFS)
Auditorium, 1st floor
Friday 1 June – 13:00
SEVEN PIONEERING SCIENTISTS have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of one million dollars in each field.
This year’s laureates were selected for making fundamental contributions to our understanding of the outer solar system, the differences in material properties at nano- and larger scales, and how the brain receives and responds to sensations such as sight, sound and touch.
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared between Cornelia Isabella Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA, Winfried Denk, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany, and Ann M. Graybiel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. They received the prize “for elucidating basic neuronal mechanisms underlying perception and decision.”
May-Britt Moser is recognised by EMBO for her excellence in research.
EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence. The new members represent a broad cross-section of the life sciences. The latest scientists to join the group come from 17 different countries and include 13 female scientists recognized for their contributions to life science research.
Edvard Moser was elected member of EMBO in 2011