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

2012

Edvard Moser, PhD*
May-Britt Moser, PhD*
Discovery of key principles governing the internal representation of space and episodic memory

2013

Marcus Raichle, MD^
Discoveries related to the default mode network of brain function

2014

David W Tank, PhD
Discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neural computation

2015

Christopher A Walsh, MD, PhD
Discovery of genes and mechanisms regulating human cortical development

2016

David J. Anderson, PhD
Discovery of neural circuit mechanisms controlling emotional behaviors

2017

Winrich Freiwald, PhD
Doris Y. Tsao, PhD
Discovery of brain mechanisms of face recognition

 

* subsequently received Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine

^ subsequently received Kavli Prize in neuroscience