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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Wolfram Schultz awarded The 2018 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

The PDN neuroscientist received the joint award for his work on the structure, organization and functions of the basal ganglia

The Gruber Foundation announced May 10 it will award $1.5 million to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of genetics, neuroscience, and cosmology.

The Yale-based Gruber International Prize Program annually honors individuals whose research inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

Wolfram Schultz shared the prize with Ann M. Graybiel, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Okihide Hikosaka, of the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute.

These renowned scientists are receiving the prestigious prize for their pioneering and inspiring work on the structure, organization and functions of the basal ganglia, a group of nuclei (clusters of neurons) deep within the forebrain. Their work has fundamentally transformed the study of the basal ganglia and has led to influential new ideas about how the brain learns and retains new habits and skills, manages movements, and processes rewards for learning and decision-making. It has also deepened our understanding of a wide range of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders in which the basal ganglia and behavioral control is compromised.

More details about the prize are available here.