Biologist Mu-ming Poo awarded Gruber Neuroscience Prize

A file photo shows biologist Mu-ming Poo. (Courtesy of UC Berkeley) SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 (Xinhua) — University of California, Berkeley, biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences. Announcing the recipient of the prestigious prize on Tuesday, the Gruber Foundation said Poo has greatly advanced the field of neuroscience through his seminal discoveries regarding the molecular and cell mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity, the ability of neurons to change their connections. “His research approach has been exceptionally broad,” said the foundation based in Yale University. “In addition to his groundbreaking discoveries regarding synaptic plasticity, he has made important contributions in several other research areas, including neuronal polarization, the maturation of the neuromuscular junction, the…


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