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Editor-in-Chief of Cerebral Cortex Shares Kavli Prize

It was announced at the recent World Science Festival in New York that the Editor-in-Chief of Cerebral Cortex is to be joint winner of the newly established Kavli Prize for Neuroscience. Pasko Rakic will be rewarded for his groundbreaking work, on how neurons in the developing embryonic brain arrange themselves into the complex circuitry of the adult cerebral cortex, at a ceremony in Oslo on 9th September 2008.

Pasko Rakic

Pasko Rakic is the Duberg Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology, chair of the Department of Neurobiology, and director of the Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale. Among his numerous honours, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Rakic introduced the influential idea that different regions of the cerebral cortex acquire many of their specialized anatomical and functional properties through genetic programs intrinsic to the cortex itself. His early studies have, in large part, led to the current emphasis on and interest in mechanisms of cortical development.

The Kavli Prize

The biennial Kavli Prizes in the fields of neuroscience, astrophysics and nanoscience, are a new joint venture of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Kavli Foundation. Named after, and funded by, the entrepreneur and philanthropist, Fred Kavli, their purpose is to recognise outstanding research, honour creative scientists, promote public understanding of science and foster international cooperation. The seven winners will each receive a scroll, medal and a share of the $1 million for each area.

Pasko Rakic will share the 2008 Neuroscience award with Sten Grillner of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Thomas M. Jessell of Columbia.