Mind Science Foundation announces Rare Consciousness Research Awards

SAN ANTONIO -- A David-size Texas foundation is taking on the Goliath-size question of human consciousness--one of the great unsolved problems of science.

The Mind Science Foundation announced today that it has awarded seven research teams worldwide a 2004 Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness. Only twenty research teams were considered for this honor. Research in human consciousness can produce findings that will impact how we educate children, create art, stay healthy, or relate to others.

Grants recipients include the head of the Royal Institution of Great Britain; a "TIME 100" scientist; an MD/author of two national bestsellers; and researchers whose work was named by the New York Times among the "67 most exciting new ideas for 2003."

Dr. Bernard Baars of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, said, "To my knowledge, this is the only foundation in the world awarding grants specifically for consciousness research." Dr. Baars is a founding member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

MSF Award recipients include Dr. Christof Koch, a leading neurophysicist and head of the Computation and Neural Systems Program at the California Institute of Technology (Cal-Tech), and research associate Melissa Saenz, who is from San Antonio. Dr. Koch is a key collaborator in consciousness research with Sir Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning biologist who identified the double helix DNA.

Other Award recipients announced today by the Mind Science Foundation are:

  • Abraham Verghese, M.D., MFA, D.Sc. (Hon.), Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and author of two national best-sellers, "My Own Country" and "The Tennis Partner;" and Dr. Therese Jones - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

  • Baroness Susan Greenfield, Ph.D., Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and member of Parlia

  • Contact: Catherine Brillson
    Mind Science Foundation

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