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Stanford Report, June 4, 2003

Tessier-Lavigne wins neuroscience award

Professor Marc Tessier-Lavigne has been named the 2003 recipient of the Robert Dow Neuroscience Award by the Neurological Sciences Institute (NSI) -- a branch of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Presented annually since 1981, the award is named for Robert S. Dow, a pioneering brain researcher and founder of NSI.

"The criteria for selecting the individual to receive this award are outstanding science and significant contributions in education and outreach," said NSI director Paul J. Cordo. "The NSI faculty felt that, among a pool of nominees, [Tessier-Lavigne] best epitomized these qualities."

Tessier-Lavigne is the Susan B. Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and professor, by courtesy, of neurology and neurological sciences. He also is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research focuses on identifying the mechanisms and molecules that are involved in wiring the brain during embryonic development, and in using this information to help stimulate regeneration of neuronal connections in the adult spinal cord following paralyzing injuries.

In addition to speaking at a banquet ceremony, recipients of the Dow Award present a scientific seminar at NSI and a public lecture at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The two-day event is tentatively scheduled for mid-October.