Arber, Silvia 2018 Pradel Research Award

Arber, Silvia 2018 Pradel Research Award

Join us in congratulating Silvia Arber!

Silvia Arber, Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland received the 2018 Pradel Research Award.

Arber, one of the world’s most prominent neurobiologists, is a leading figure in the study of neuronal circuitry controlling motor behavior. Her research on the assembly, structure, and function of motor circuits has resulted in fundamental contributions to our understanding of the organizational principles of the motor system including the spinal cord and the brainstem.

Arber’s early work focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for the formation of appropriate connections in sensory-motor circuits of the spinal cord. Since then she has turned her attention to the wider circuits of the motor system, with particular emphasis on the functional organization of brainstem nuclei with connections to specific neuronal populations in the spinal cord. Her work combines multiple research approaches, including state-of-the-art mouse genetics, the development and implementation of viral technologies, quantitative behavioral analysis, electrophysiology and gene expression profiling. Some of her lab’s most recent research unraveled highly specific bidirectional communication pathways between higher brain centers and the spinal cord. This work demonstrated the existence of molecularly and functionally defined brainstem motor control hubs for diverse actions.

Collectively, Arber’s work not only reveals the functional organization of circuits at the core of motor control but has the potential to improve recovery in people and animals that have lost or attenuated motor function.

The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognize mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The award is presented with a $50,000 research award to designate to an institution of their choice to support neuroscience research.

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 Watch Silvia Arber of Biozentrum and FMI @UniBasel_en receive @theNASciences Pradel Research Award in #neuroscience at #NAS155 on April 29! She will receive the 2018 Pradel Research Award for her groundbreaking research on the organization and function of circuits regulating motor behavior. The award in #neuroscience will be presented during the 155th NAS Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 29.

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Congratulations Silvia Arber of Biozentrum and FMI @UniBasel_en &, recipient of @theNASciences Pradel Research Award! #neuroscience

 Silvia Arber of @UniBasel_en earns 2018 @theNASciences Pradel Research Award for research in #neuroscience on motor behavior.

Watch Silvia Arber of Biozentrum and FMI @UniBasel_en receive @theNASciences Pradel Research Award in #neuroscience at #NAS155 on April 29!

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