Journal of Comparative Neurology

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Edited By: PATRICK R. HOF

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 5/152 (Zoology); 91/251 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1096-9861

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Organotopic organization of the primary Infrared Sensitive Nucleus (LTTD) in the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
Tobias Kohl, Maximilian S. Bothe, Harald Luksch, Hans Straka and Guido Westhoff

Dynamics of nascent and active zone ultrastructure as synapses enlarge during long-term potentiation in mature hippocampus
Maria Elizabeth Bell, Jennifer N. Bourne, Michael A. Chirillo, John M. Mendenhall, Masaaki Kuwajima and Kristen M. Harris

Evolutionarily conserved organization of the dopaminergic system in lamprey: SNc/VTA afferent and efferent connectivity and D2 receptor expression
Juan Pérez-Fernández, Marcus Stephenson-Jones, Shreyas M. Suryanarayana, Brita Robertson and Sten Grillner

Topographic specializations in the retinal ganglion cell layer correlate with lateralized visual behavior, ecology, and evolution in cockatoos
João Paulo Coimbra, Shaun P. Collin and Nathan S. Hart

Retinofugal projections in the mouse
P. Morin Lawrence and Keith M. Studholme

Patterns of afferent input to the caudal and rostral areas of the dorsal premotor cortex (6DC and 6DR) in the marmoset monkey
Kathleen J. Burman, Sophia Bakola, Karyn E. Richardson, David H. Reser and Marcello G.P. Rosa

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Pasko Rakic

The 2013 Cowan Award was presented to Dr. Pasko Rakic, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to developmental neuroscience as well as his continued support of the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Dr. Rakic received his MD in 1959 from the University of Belgrade, at the time in Yugoslavia, followed by graduate training at the same institution in developmental biology and genetics culminating in his PhD degree in 1969. He also entered residency training in neurosurgery and in 1969 moved to the USA to join the Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard University. He soon however was inspired to pursue his interests in basic neuroscience and moved to the Department of Neuroscience at Harvard. He was recruited in 1978 to Yale School of Medicine by Nobel laureate George F. Palade, as the first chair of the Department of Neurobiology, a position he still holds today as the Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience. He is also Professor of Neurology and Director of the Yale Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. In 1985, Dr Rakic was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. He became a foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 1990, a correspondent member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as President of the Society for Neuroscience in 1995-96. In 1997, he received a Doctor honoris causa from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is also a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Dr Rakic has been over the years a strong supporter of the Journal of Comparative Neurology, for which he serves as a member of the Editorial Board. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Cerebral Cortex, the journal he founded in 1990 with his wife, the late Patricia Goldman-Rakic. Dr Rakic made immense contributions to developmental and evolutionary neuroscience that changed the way we understand how the cerebral cortex develops. Most notably, two of his hypotheses had a particular impact on the field. The first is the radial unit hypothesis, which posits that in the developing cerebral cortex the cells are created at the base of radial columns, each new cell migrating past its predecessors. The second, the related protomap hypothesis, explored how external signals determine cell function as the cell matures and forms complex connections. This work was recognized in 2003 when he received the Annual Bristol-Meyers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research and in 2008, with Drs Thomas Jessell and Sten Grillner, of the first Kavli Prize for Neuroscience.

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