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Josh Sanes Receives 2020 Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience

Josh Sanes Receives 2020 Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience

The McGovern Institute at MIT has named MCB faculty member Joshua Sanes as the recipient of the 2020 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. Scolnick Prize awardees are chosen each year by a committee of distinguished neuroscientists and receive an award of $150,000.

“I’m thrilled to be in the company of the great scientists who have won this prestigious award, including Harvard’s own Mike Greenberg [of the Neurobiology Department at HMS] and Catherine Dulac [of MCB],” Sanes says.

The Scolnick Prize announcement on the McGovern Institute website cites Sanes’ work on synapse development as a key reason Sanes was chosen for the prize.

“Josh is a distinguished neuroscientist, who is not content to rest on his laurels and continues to make fundamental contributions,” MCB chair Venkatesh Murthy adds. “I am particularly grateful that he has been instrumental in the growth of neuroscience in MCB—and throughout FAS—through his impeccable stewardship of the Center for Brain Science as its Director. This  recognition through the Scolnick award is richly deserved.”

Sanes will give his Scolnick Prize Lecture on April 27, 2020 at 4:00pm in MIT’s building 46.

Congratulations to Professor Sanes!

Josh Sanes, Sanes Lab


by Diana Crow


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