Newsmaker: Yan Dong

Noteworthy: Dong won the Society for Neuroscience’s Jacob P. Waletzky Award, a $25,000 honor given to a scientist doing research in substance abuse and the brain and nervous system. Dong is exploring how drugs such as cocaine hijack the brain’s circuitry and effect long-lasting changes in the way that the amygdala and nucleus accumbens — two brain regions related to motivation and reward — talk to each other. Age: 45 Residence: McCandless Family: Wife, Yanhua Huang; children, Hallie, 9, and Albert, 6 Occupation: Associate professor of neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biophysics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; Ph.D. in neuroscience from Chicago Medical School; postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Background: Dong grew up in Beijing before moving to Chicago at age 25. Before…


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