Journal of Comparative Neurology

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Edited By: PATRICK R. HOF

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Online ISSN: 1096-9861

Cowan & Palay Awards


The W. Maxwell Cowan and Sanford L. Palay Awards were established by John Wiley and Sons in 2004 to honor two prominent neuroscientists who were Editors-in-Chief of The Journal of Comparative Neurology. The Awards are given by a jury, consisting of the Editors of the Journal of Comparative Neurology and the Officers of the Cajal Club, each year at the Cajal Club Annual Meeting at the Society for Neuroscience. The Palay Award, for Structural Neuroscience, is given in even numbered years, and the Cowan Award, for Developmental Neuroscience, in odd numbered years.

The recipients have included:

  • 2004 - Palay Award to Alan Peters
  • 2005 - Cowan Award to Carla J. Shatz
  • 2006 - Palay Award to Tomas Hökfelt and Kjell Fuxe
  • 2007 - Cowan Award to Andrew Lumsden
  • 2008 - Palay Award to Harvey J. Karten
  • 2009 - Cowan Award to Thomas M. Jessell
  • 2010 - Palay Award to Peter Somogyi
  • 2011 - Cowan Award to Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Special Cowan Award for Lifetime Achievement to Edward G. (Ted) Jones
  • 2012 – Palay Award to Clifford B. Saper
  • 2013 - Cowan Award to Pasko Rakic
  • 2014 - Palay Awards to Jon Kaas and Ray Guillery
  • 2015 - Cowan Award to Mary Beth Hatten

The 2015 Cowan Award was presented to Dr. Mary E. Hatten, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to developmental neuroscience.

Dr. Hatten received her PhD in biochemical sciences from Princeton University in 1975 and completed her postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. She was on the New York University School of Medicine faculty from 1978 to 1987 and then moved to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She went to the Rockefeller University in 1992 where she was named the Frederick P. Rose Professor in 2000. Dr. Hatten was also the Wiersma Visiting Professor of Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology in 2005.

Dr. Hatten has contributed major discoveries on how the complex cellular architecture of the mammalian brain is assembled during development, focusing on cell differentiation and migration. Her work has had significant impact on genetic studies on human brain disorders, as well as important applications in the context of clinical conditions resulting from developmental brain abnormalities, in particular autism spectrum disorder and childhood epilepsy. Her research on cerebellar development has also provided insights on the pathophysiology of medulloblastoma, the most prevalent metastatic brain tumor in children. She also pioneered the development of video imaging approaches that permit dynamic visualization of neurons motion along glial fibers. Her work was recognized by many awards, such as the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Investigator Award, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, and a Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation.

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