CSHL’s Adam Kepecs receives McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

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PostDateIconWednesday, 18 December 2013 16:06 Print

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. --
 Associate Professor , of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has received the 2014 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.  The award, which provides $100,000 per year for three years, supports innovative efforts to solve problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition.

kepecs_headshot “We are delighted that the McKnight Foundation has recognized Dr. Kepecs’ innovative research with a Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award and we are confident that he will make important breakthroughs in understanding complex systems involved with neuron signaling,” said Anthony Zador, M.D., Ph.D., CSHL Professor and Neuroscience Program Chair.

Kepecs received the award for his work relating to the nucleus basalis (NB). NB is a vitally important but poorly understood part of the brain whose degeneration parallels the decline of cognitive functions in patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's dementia and normal age-related cognitive decline. NB has also been implicated in learning and memory, but little is known about how it signals with the cortex.  Kepecs’ research combines state-of-the-art behavioral electrophysiology with quantitative psychophysics and optogenetics to determine how and when NB  neurons signal.  Kepecs hopes to identify fundamental principles of neural circuit function to develop therapeutic treatments for cognitive diseases. 

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for the impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 600 researchers and technicians strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year at its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit 

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