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Sammy Kuo Awards in Neuroscience

Sammy Kuo, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Sammy Kuo

Kuo Family

The Sammy Kuo Awards in Neuroscience honor the memory of Sammy Kuo, who died of a rare, progressive encephalitis in 2006.  Established by the Sammy Kuo Memorial Fund, the awards encourage meritorious neuroscience research at the postdoctoral and graduate levels at Stanford, and serve as an inspiration as well as a profound reminder of the impact translational research has on patients and their families.

The awards are conferred at the SNI annual symposium.  A highlight of the awards ceremony is the reading of Peggy Guey-Chi Chen's personal essay about Sammy.  Congratulations to this year's awardees!

read peggy Guey-Chi Chen's personal essay about Sammy

2015 Postdoctoral Awardees

1st Place

Kevin Beier, Malenka and Luo labs 
"Circuit Architecture of VTA Dopamin Neurons Revealed by Systematic Input-Output Mapping", Cell, 162: 622-634.

2nd Place

Talia Lerner, Deisseroth lab
"Intact-Brain Analyses Reveal Distinct Information Carred by SNc Dopamine Subcircuits", Cell, 162: 635-647.

3rd Place

Chethan Pandarinath, Henderson and Shenoy labs
"Neural population dynamics in human motor cortex during movements in people with ALS", eLife 2015;4:e07436.

Honorable Mention

Spyros Darmanis, Quake lab
"A survey of human brain transcriptome diversity at the single cell level", PNAS, 112: 7285-7290.

2015 Graduate Awardees

1st Place

Kiah Hardcastle, Giocomo lab
" Environmental Boundaries as an Error Correction Mechanism for Grid Cells", Neuron, 86: 827-839.

2nd Place

William Joo, Luo lab
"Dendrite morphogenesis depends on relative levels of NT-3/TrkC signaling"Science, 346: 626-629

3rd Place

Jingyuan E. Chen, Glover lab
“BOLD fractional contribution to resting-state functional connectivity above 0.1 Hz”, NeuroImage, 107: 207-218.

Honorable Mention

Jesse Gomez, Grill-Spector lab
"Functionally defined white matter revelas segregated pathways in human vnetral temporal cortex associated with category-specific processing", Neuron, 85: 216-227.