Columbia’s Franck Polleux Wins Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Neuroscience

Award recognizes Dr. Polleux’s groundbreaking research to map the brain’s wiring, lending insight into human cognition and our susceptibility to disease. NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 — Franck Polleux, PhD, a neuroscientist and principal investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, has received the prestigious 2015 Prix Roger de Spoelberch. The award, which amounts to €750,000 ($850,000), recognizes one European scientist each year for pioneering work in the field of neuroscience. Dr. Polleux has devoted his career to understanding how our brains developed their extraordinary capacity for complex thinking. He has spent the past 15 years identifying how the billions of connections between cells form in the mammalian brain. Dr. Polleux’s research has uncovered some of the genetic mechanisms that spur the assembly of these connections, which…


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