Planck’s Yasuda snares .8M NIH Pioneer award for neural research

Ryohei Yasuda’s work to understand how our brains work — and what goes wrong in disorders like dementia and autism — has won a $4.8 million Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, helping Jupiter-based scientists claim two of the 13 prestigious awards nationally.“I think it’s really an indication of the success of this area that we have two,” Yasuda, scientific director for the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, said Thursday. “I’m of course extremely happy.” Yasuda and Scripps Florida chemistry professor Matt Disney each won a five-year Pioneer Award for what the federal agency calls high-risk, high-reward research. They join 11 others at institutions around the country including Stanford, Princeton and Yale. The award will support his lab as it aims to provide new insights into the…


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