David Sweatt, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Neurobiology, has been awarded the 2012 neuronal plasticity prize from the Fondation IPSEN, an entity of the Fondation de France. Sweatt, who is the director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Institute and holds the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair in Neurobiology, will receive the award at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience meeting in Barcelona on July 17, 2012.
Sweatt’s contributions in epigenetics and brain function were cited by the administrators of the prize, which is being awarded for the 23rd time.
The Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize is awarded to researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of neuronal plasticity: development, synaptogenesis, ageing, regeneration, grafts and growth factors. The prize may be shared by several researchers involved in the same research field.
During the past quarter-century, the Fondation IPSEN has organized more than 250 meetings and produced several hundred publications; more than 250 scientists and biomedical researchers have been awarded prizes and research grants.