Pradel Research Award

Pradel Research Award

Scheduled for presentation in 2021, recipients will be announced in January. To get awards news straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for our Connect with Awards newsletter.

About the Pradel Research Award

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 the recipient's choice to support neuroscience research. 

Most Recent Recipient

Leslie B. Vosshall, The Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will receive the 2020 Pradel Research Award.

Vosshall has made vital contributions to our understanding of insect olfactory systems, with important implications for protecting human health.

In her early work, Vosshall’s molecular biology studies of the model insect Drosophila resulted in several important discoveries. She identified the insect odorant receptors and showed that they function as odor-gated ion channels. She also defined two chemoreceptors that together detect carbon dioxide and a second major family of insect chemosensory receptors related to the ionotropic glutamate receptors. Read more about Vosshall's work» 


Leslie B. Vosshall (2020)
For her seminal discoveries about the nature and organization of insect olfactory systems. She identified multiple classes of sensory receptors in Drosophila, defined the rules by which they recognize odors and subsequently richly extended this work to sensory biology and integration in the disease-bearing mosquito Aedes aegypti.
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Liqun Luo (2019)
For his pioneering work in developing genetic mosaic methods that have revolutionized the study of diverse biological processes such as cell fate specification and cell morphogenesis and for using these methods to obtain insight into the development of wiring specificity in the nervous system of vertebrates and invertebrates.
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Silvia Arber (2018)
For her insightful and innovative studies revealing at the cellular and molecular level the developmental mechanisms and organizational principles of motor circuit wiring in the spinal cord and brainstem that enable the execution of specific motor tasks.
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Karel Svoboda (2017)
For his pioneering work to develop technologies for imaging cellular and synaptic structure and activity in the brain, and for using these methods to obtain insight into how the brain represents and stores information about sensory stimuli and transforms such information into action during motivated behavior.
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Alex L. Kolodkin (2016)
For his pioneering work on neuronal development research relating to the establishment of neuronal connectivity. He is known for his work on neuronal guidance cues and their receptors, the discovery of semaphorins, and unveiling guidance cue roles in neural circuit assembly and function in insects and mammals.
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Catherine G. Dulac (2015)
For her pioneering contributions to the molecular biology of pheromone signaling in mammals and discoveries of neural mechanisms underlying sex-specific social behaviors including mating, aggression and parenting.
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Allison J. Doupe  (2014)
For her groundbreaking work using song birds to reveal important features of how neural circuits process information and are shaped by experience.

Kenneth C. Catania (2013)
Dr. Catania is a pioneering neuroethologist who has carried out highly imaginative investigations of the neural basis of sensory behavior in model organisms. His comparative studies of mammals that possess specialized sensory capacities have led to discoveries of fundamental principles of behavior, sensory processing, and brain organization, and have resulted in new insights about the evolution of the nervous system.

Dora E. Angelaki (2012)
For her fundamental discoveries on mechanisms of representation of vestibular sensory stimuli within the mammalian brain.

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