August 10, 2010
Dr. Robert H. Wurtz, an NIH distinguished investigator and Salk Institute Non-Resident Fellow, will receive the 2010 Neuroscience Prize for his pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience.
Wurtz, who helped establish the National Eye Institute’s Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research and served as its chief until 1997, will be honored with the $500,000 award in San Diego on November 14th, at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The prize is awarded by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation; winners are nominated by the Society.
He is one of nine Non-Resident Fellows (NRFs) who serve as Salk faculty members for renewable six-year terms, advising the institute on appointments, promotions and scientific programs.
For decades Wurtz has been studying the physiology of the visual system, showing that single neurons in the brain could process visual information.