Previous Recipients

2000
David Jay Julius, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Cloning the Capsaicin Receptor

2001
Roderick MacKinnon, MD
The Rockefeller University
Solving the Crystal Structure of the Potassium Channel

2002
Linda Buck, PhD 
Richard Axel, MD
Discovery of the Family of Olfactory Receptor Proteins

2003
Yves Barde, MD
Biozentrum, University of Basel
Discovery of Brain-Derived, Neurotrophic Factor

2004
Roger Tsien, PhD
University of California, San Diego
Development of Tools for Monitoring Signaling in Living Nerve Cells

2005
Robert Malenka, MD, PhD
Roger Nicoll, MD
Discovery of Mechanisms that Underlie Long Term Synaptic Plasticity

2006
Solomon Snyder, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Identification of Opiate Receptors in the Brain

2007
Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Rett Syndrome

2008
Michael Greenberg, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Discovery of Signaling Pathways Underlying Activity-Regulated Gene Transcription in Neurons

2009
Thomas Jessell, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
Defining Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate the Development of Neural Circuits

2010

Catherine Dulac, PhD 
Cori Bargmann, PhD
Discovery of Chemosensory Circuits that Regulate Social Behaviors

2011

Karl Deisseroth, PhD 
Edward Boyden, PhD
Feng Zhang, PhD
Development and Application of Optogenetics for Studying Neural Circuit Functions