Journal of Comparative Neurology

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Neuroarchitecture and neuroanatomy of the Drosophila central complex: A GAL4-based dissection of protocerebral bridge neurons and circuits
Tanya Wolff, Nirmala A. Iyer and Gerald M. Rubin

Stereological study of pyramidal neurons in the human superior temporal gyrus from childhood to adulthood
Nicole Barger, Matthew F. Sheley and Cynthia M. Schumann

Convergent differential regulation of SLIT-ROBO axon guidance genes in the brains of vocal learners
Rui Wang, Chun-Chun Chen, Erina Hara, Miriam V. Rivas, Petra L. Roulhac, Jason T. Howard, Mukta Chakraborty, Jean-Nicolas Audet and Erich D. Jarvis

More a finger than a nose: The trigeminal motor and sensory innervation of the Schnauzenorgan in the elephant-nose Fish Gnathonemus petersii
Monique Amey-Özel, Gerhard von der Emde,Jacob Engelmann, and Kirsty Grant

Transcriptome profiling of developing photoreceptor subtypes reveals candidate genes involved in avian photoreceptor diversification
Jennifer M Enright, Karen A Lawrence, Tarik Hadzic, and Joseph C Corbo

Palay Award

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Pasko Rakic

In 2014, we presented two Palay Awards one to Dr. Jon H. Kaas and the other Dr. Ray Guillery, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to systems neuroscience, functional brain anatomy, and mammalian brain evolution, as well as their continued support of the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Drs. Kaas and Guillery have also been long-time collaborators and have together published seminal discoveries on the organization of sensory systems in mammals.

Dr. Kaas is the Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University where he has been since 1972. He received his Ph.D. in 1965 in comparative studies of forebrain organization in mammals in the laboratory of Irving T. Diamond at Duke University, and completed his postdoctoral training studying cortical organization in the comparative neurophysiology laboratory of Clinton N. Woolsey at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kaas has earned an international reputation for his studies of the evolution and functional organization and development of sensory, motor, and cognitive systems, especially in primates, and of how these systems are plastic in response to injury in developing and adult brains, using a broad range of electrophysiological, anatomical, and behavioral methods. Dr. Kaas has been associated for a very long time with the Journal of Comparative Neurology, as an Associate Editor and a member of the Editorial Board. He is also the author who historically has contributed the highest number of papers to our journal.

Dr. Kaas has received many awards and distinctions, and among them, was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the recipient of a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, a Krieg Cortical Discoverer Award from the Cajal Club, and the George A. Miller Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

Ray Guillery

Dr. Ray Guillery is a neuroanatomist and neurophysiologist who entered University College London in 1948, first as a medical student, but opted for a research career early on and obtained his PhD in 1954 under the guidance of J.Z. Young. He taught at UCL for 11 years, before moving in 1964 to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he worked with Clinton Woolsey, Jerzy Rose, Vivien Casagrande, Jon Kaas, and published his famous observation of abnormal wiring of the visual pathways in albino Siamese cats. In 1977 he moved to the University of Chicago and in 1984 returned to the U.K. as Head of the Department of Human Anatomy and the Dr. Lee's Professor of Human Anatomy at Oxford University. He retired in 1996 and moved back to Madison to begin new research on the thalamus and thalamocortical systems. In 2006 he moved to Istanbul to do research at Marmara University and to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. Since 2010, he is Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow at the Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit at Oxford. Dr. Guillery has studied the hypothalamus, the visual pathways and, more recently, the thalamus. He pioneered electron microscopy with E.G. Gray and focused his early studies on the synaptic organization of the lateral geniculate nucleus. It is his analyses of the lateral geniculate nucleus that led to his discovery of mechanisms underlying structural abnormalities during the development of the visual pathways in albino animals. More recently, working with Dr. Murray Sherman, he proposed a very influential concept of thalamocortical communication, on which he continues work.

Dr. Guillery has contributed many papers to the Journal of Comparative Neurology, and many of them in collaboration with Jon Kaas. Recently he published in our Journal a history of science article about his great-granduncle Otto Deiters (1834-1863), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death. Deiters was the first to observe that neurons have several dendrites and one axon, and that they are polarized and receive inputs on their dendrites. Dr. Guillery was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984, and a Fellow of University College London in 1987. He also was the founding editor of the European Journal of Neuroscience.

Special Issue on Stem Cells

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The advancement of techniques to derive stem cells from adult tissue and pluripotent sources including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have greatly influenced not only our ability to model and investigate complex mechanisms of disease, but have also opened a new era for cell replacement therapies in a variety of neurodegenerative disorders. The authors of this special issue of the Journal of Comparative Neurology were invited based on their expertise and significant contributions toward the advancement of the field.


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