Dr. Brenda Milner first foreign associate of the NAS to receive Award in the Neurosciences

Montreal,- January 16, 2004 - Dr. Brenda Milner will receive the 2004 Award in the Neurosciences from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) headquartered in Washington, DC. The $25,000 US prize is awarded every three years in recognition of extraordinary contributions to progress in the fields of neuroscience. Dr. Milner is the Dorothy J. Killam Professor, Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), and a professor in the department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She is the first scientist outside of the United States to receive this award which will be presented on April 19 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

"We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Milner will receive the Award in the Neurosciences from the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. This is a highly prestigious award with a Nobel Laureate and Lasker Award winners amongst the previous recipients. Through her lifetime of research and teaching here at the MNI and McGill, Brenda Milner has had an extraordinary influence on the shape of neuroscience and on the lives of scientists around the world," said Dr. David Colman, Director of the MNI. "From her seminal work in the 1950's with Donald Hebb, Wilder Penfield, and William Scoville to 2004, Brenda continues to advance our knowledge and understanding of the brain and be a valued colleague".

"Brenda Milner is one of the giants of our time. Her delineation of memory dysfunction after lesions of the hippocampus has provided the basis for modern understanding of memory and for the divisions of memory storage mechanisms into explicit and implicit forms", said Dr. Eric Kandel, University Professor in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University (New York), Senior Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Nobel laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2000) and MNI Advisory Board Member. "The origins of modern cognitive neuroscience of memory can be traced directly to her r

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