The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT announced today that Roger Nicoll of the University of California, San Francisco, is the winner of the 2012 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience . The Prize is awarded annually by the McGovern Institute to recognize outstanding advances in the field of neuroscience. “We congratulate Roger Nicoll on being selected for this award,” said Robert Desimone , director of the McGovern Institute and chair of the selection committee. “It’s difficult to think of anyone who has done more to advance our understanding of synaptic plasticity, the basis of learning and memory.”
Every so often something comes in one of my Google alerts about how much we do not know about the brain. Those articles and posts make me smile as they are excellent reminders to stay away from brain statements, schemes, and stories that are overreaching or even fantasy extrapolations. No matter how many of these pieces appear that describe our paucity of knowledge, we still see many more articles purporting to tell us how our brains behave and often how to use that information to change other people or ourselves. Of course, what we know so far about the brain can be very helpful in changing and creating habits, and in communicating with others. But we don't know as much as many would have you believe. I remind myself frequently to be discerning when reading and hearing about the brain, investigate the sources, follow and appreciate experts I trust.
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6 September 2011 Twenty years after the publication of the first human study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)* - a technique to measure activity in the brain through the flow of blood - the Wellcome Trust has published a report providing reflections on the field of human functional brain imaging. The Wellcome Trust report assesses the key developments in human functional brain imaging and examines the role it has played as a funder. Supporting neuroscience research has been a cornerstone of the Trust's funding strategy: the first grant it ever awarded was in neuroscience in 1938, to Nobel laureate Dr Otto Loewi.
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