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American Society of Physiology Awards

Larry H Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Curator

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Innovation

Series E. 2;


Past Awardees:


Harshita Chodavarapu, Louisiana State Univ. – New Orleans

Jennifer Richards, Saint Louis Univ. – Missouri


Ho-Jin Koh, Joslin Diabetes Center

Danielle Shepherd, West Virginia Univ.


Kavaljit H. Chhabra, LSUHSC – New Orleans

Hariom Yadav,NIDDK – National Institutes of Health


Xuemei Shi, Baylor Col. of Med.

Gina Yosten, St. Louis Univ.


Abid Abdulaziz Kazi, Pennsylvania St. Univ.

Sarah Hoffman Lindsey, Wake Forest Univ


Sharell Monique Bindom, Louisiana St. Univ. Hlth. Sci. Ctr.

Daniele Nunes Ferreira, Univ. of Sao Paulo Sch. of Med.


Michella Soares Coelho, Univ. of Sao Paulo Sch. of Med.

Gordon Ian Smith, Washington Univ. School of Medicine


Andrew Shin, Michigan State Univ.

Carol A. Witczak, Joslin Diabetes Center


Sherry O. Kasper, Lee Univ.

Damian Gaston Romero, Univ. of Mississippi Med. Ctr.


Patrick T. Fueger, Duke Univ. Med. Ctr.

Christos S. Katsanos, Shriners Burns Hosp., Univ. of Texas Med. Br.


Ali Hassan, Georgetown Univ. Med. Ctr.

Pierre Turini, Cent Hospital Univ. – Vaudois


Stephane Cook, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland

Edward Wolfgang Lee, Georgetown Univ. Med. Ctr.


Khadijeh Rezaei, Med. Col. of Ohio

Matthew Barber, Michigan St. Univ.


2015  Graham Hardie Univ. of Dundee Col. Life Sci.


Carol F. Elias, Univ. of Michigan


Ellis R. Levin, Univ of California


Michael Schwartz, Univ. of Washington


Christos Mantzoros, Harvard Med. Sch. and VA Boston Healthcare Sys.


Iain CAF Robinson, MRC Natl. Inst. for Med.  Res.-Mill Hill, London


Paul Davis, Ordway Res. Inst., Albany


David Wasserman, Vanderbilt Univ.


Roger D. Cone, Oregon Hlth. Sci. Univ.


Richard N. Bergman, Univ. Southern California


Amira Klip, Hosp. for Sick Children, Toronto


Bert O’Malley, Baylor Col. of Med.


Christopher B. Newgard, Duke Univ. Med. Ctr.


Bruce M. Spiegelman, Dana-Farber Cancer Inst.


Frank Talamantes, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz


Jeffrey S. Flier, Beth Israel Deaconess


Leonard S. Jefferson, Hershey Med. Ctr., Penn. State Univ.


Phyllis M. Wise, Univ. of Kentucky


Ronald Kahn, Harvard Univ.


Robert J. Lefkowitz, Duke Univ.



Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., HHMI, Stanford Univ.


Barry E. Levin, M.D., New Jersey Med. Sch. Va Med. Ctr.


Charles Bourque, Ph.D., Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre


Stephen Woods

Univ. of Cincinnati


Larry Swanson

Univ. of Southern California

“Organization of Neural Systems Controlling Eating and Drinking”


Allan Basbaum

Univ. of California, San Francisco

“The Generation and Control of Pain: from Molecules to Circuits to Behavior”


Jeffrey Friedman

The Rockefeller Univ., HHMI Investigator

“Leptin and the Homeostatic Control of Energy Balance”


Eve Marder, Brandeis Univ.


Eric Kandel, Columbia Univ.


Paul Sawchenko, The Salk Inst.


Sten Grillner, Karolinska Inst.


Paul Greengard, Rockefeller Univ.


Fred H. Gage, The Salk Inst.


Celia Sladek, Finch Univ., Chicago Med. Sch.


Gerald D. Fischbach, NINDS, NIH


Catherine Rivier, Salk Inst.


William D. Willis, Jr., Univ. of Texas Med. Br., Galveston


Lawrence B. Cohen, Yale Univ.



Anita Chatarina Aperia Ph.D., M.D., Karolinska Inst.

“Identification of Na,K,ATPase as a signal transducer that regulates mitochondrial functions.”


Raymond A. Frizzel, Ph.D., Univ Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.

“Insulin signal transduction meets vesicle traffic via Rab GTPases and unconventional myosins”


Amira Klip, Ph.D., Univ. of Toronto

“Insulin signal transduction meets vesicle traffic via Rab GTPases and unconventional myosins”


Mark Knepper, NHLBI/NIH

“After the interlude: Cell-level systems biology in the 21st century”


Dennis Brown, Mass. General Hosp.

“Trafficking of proton pumps and aquaporins in urogenital epithelia: a tale of two CTs (cell types)”


Sergio Grinstein, Hosp. for Sick Children, Toronto


Jennifer L. Stow, Univ. of Queensland, Australia

“Control central: the intersection of exocytic and endocytic pathways.”


Douglas C. Eaton, Emory Univ.


David Clapham, Harvard Med. Sch.


Michael J. Welsh, Univ. of Iowa


Randy Schekman, Univ. of California, Berkeley


Peter Agre, Johns Hopkins Univ.


Roger Tsien, Univ. of California, San Diego


Harvey F. Lodish, MIT/Whitehead Inst. for Biomed. Res.


Carolyn W. Slayman, Yale Univ.


Ferid Murad, Univ. of Texas, Houston


Jens Christian Skou, Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark


Sir Andrew Huxley, Trinity Col., UK


Erwin Neher, Max Planck Inst.


Günter Blobel, Rockefeller Univ.


Michael J. Berridge, AFRC Lab. of Molec. Signalling


Hugh E. Huxley, Brandeis Univ.



Jere H. Mitchell, Univ of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr.

“Abnormal cardiovascular response to exercise in hypertension: contributing neural factors.”

Mohan K. Raizada, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville
“Dysfunctional brain-bone marrow communication in hypertension”

Roger A. L. Dampney, Ph.D.
University of Sydney
“Central mechanisms regulating co-ordinated cardiovascular and respiratory function in stress and arousal”
Allyn Mark, Univ. of Iowa College of Medicine
Lecture: “The Neurobiologic Regulation of Blood Pressure and Activity in Obesity: Insights from Leptin”

Shaun Morrison, Oregon Hlth. & Sci. Univ. Sch. of Med.
“Central Pathways for Thermoregulation”

Murray Esler, Baker Heart Res. Inst., Alfred Hosp., Melbourne
“Autonomic Dysregulation of Blood Pressure: High & Low”

Patrice Guyenet, Univ. of Virginia Hlth. Sys.
“Retrofacial nucleus, central chemoreception and breathing automaticity.”

John Andrew Armour, Univ. of Montreal
“A Little Brain on the Heart”

Gunnar Wallin, Univ. of Stockholm, Goteborg
“Inter-individual differences in sympathetic activity: A key to new insight into cardiovascular regulation.”

Julian F. R. Paton, Univ. of Bristol
“Genes and Proteins in the Blood Brain Barrier Affecting Arterial Pressure Regulation: Implications for the Etiology
of Hypertension”


Pinchas Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen graduated with highest honors in 1986 from the Technion Medical School in Israel, and trained in Pediatrics and Endocrinology at Stanford University until 1992. He was until 1998 an Associate Professor and Pediatric Endocrinology Program Director at the University of Pennsylvania & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently a Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at UCLA and the associate director of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes/Endocrinology Research Center. He was inducted into both the Society of Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society (APS). He is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association, Pediatric Endocrine Society, Eli-Lilly & Ross awards, and most recently, the APS Best Science Award. Dr. Cohen published over 250 papers focusing on cancer, aging, growth disorders, diabetes, GH/IGF biology and the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides. He received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), FDA, and various foundations including the Prostate cancer Foundation. He recently received a EUREKA-Award and the NIH-Director-Transformative RO1-Grant. He serves on several NIH study sections and his editorial services include being an associate editor of Pediatric Research and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology, and the Journal of GH and IGF Research as well as being an executive officer of the GH Research society, the IGF society and the Endocrine Society Steering Committee.


Cohen Pinchas, Rogol Alan D, Weng Wayne, Kappelgaard Anne-Marie, Rosenfeld Ron G, Germak John, Germak John   Efficacy of IGF-based growth hormone (GH) dosing in nonGH-deficient (nonGHD) short stature children with low IGF-I is not related to basal IGF-I levels Clinical endocrinology, 2013; 78(3): 405-14.

Wan JunXiang, Atzmon Gil, Hwang David, Barzlai Nir, Kratzsch Jurgen, Cohen Pinchas   Growth hormone receptor (GHR) exon 3 polymorphism status detection by dual-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 2013; 98(1): E77-81.

Lee Changhan, Yen Kelvin, Cohen Pinchas   Humanin: a harbinger of mitochondrial-derived peptides? Trends in endocrinology and metabolism: TEM, 2013; 24(5): 222-8.

Seligson David B, Yu Hong, Tze Sheila, Said Jonathan, Pantuck Allan J, Cohen Pinchas, Lee Kuk-Wha   IGFBP-3 nuclear localization predicts human prostate cancer recurrence Hormones & cancer, 2013; 4(1): 12-23.

Parrella Edoardo, Maxim Tom, Maialetti Francesca, Zhang Lu, Wan Junxiang, Wei Min, Cohen Pinchas, Fontana Luigi, Longo Valter D   Protein restriction cycles reduce IGF-1 and phosphorylated Tau, and improve behavioral performance in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model Aging cell, 2013; 12(2): 257-68.

Dean James P, Sprenger Cynthia C, Wan Junxiang, Haugk Kathleen, Ellis William J, Lin Daniel W, Corman John M, Dalkin Bruce L, Mostaghel Elahe, Nelson Peter S, Cohen Pinchas, Montgomery Bruce, Plymate Stephen R  Response of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) System to IGF-IR Inhibition and Androgen Deprivation in a Neoadjuvant Prostate Cancer Trial: Effects of Obesity and Androgen Deprivation The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 2013; 98(5): E820-8.




The Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series brings internationally known neuroscientists to Pittsburgh to give lectures of broad interest to the University community. These occasions also allow students and faculty to interact informally with the visitors.



Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair Neuroscience; Director, Friedman Brain Institute,

Professor, Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics and Psychiatry

Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Rodolfo Llinas, MD, PhD

Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience;

Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program,

Department of Physiology and Neuroscience

NYU Langone Medical Center


Eric I. Knudsen, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford eric i. University School of Medicine


Amy Arnsten, PhD

Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine


Gina G. Turrigiano, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, Brandeis University

“Homeostatic Plasticity in the Developing Visual Cortex”


Chris J. McBain, PhD

Branch Chief, Laboratory of Cellular and Synaptic Neurophysiology, NICHD

“Do Lilliputian-Sized Mossy Fiber-Interneuron Synapses Hold the Balance of Power?”



Carla J. Shatz, PhD

Chair, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

“Brain Waves and Immune Genes in Synaptic Remodeling During Development”

Alan F. Sved, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Co-Director, Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

“The Neurobiology of Hypertension: Studies on the Central Neural Control of Blood Pressure”


Paul M. Plotsky, PhD

Director, Stress Neurobiology Laboratory and SmithKline Beecham Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

“Altering the Developmental Trajectory of the Brain: Short and Long Term Consequences of Early Experience in Animal Models”



Tobias Bonhoeffer, PhD

Director, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsreid

“Activity Dependent Plasticity: New Insights into Functional and Morphological Changes on the Synaptic Level”

Judy L. Cameron, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Associate Scientist, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, and Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Oregon Health Sciences University

“Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Anxiety and Depression”



Linda Buck, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“Reconstructing Smell”

Steven T. DeKosky, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurobiology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and University of Pittsburgh

“Brain Injury and Self Repair: Modeling Human Therapies in Experimental Models”

Patricia Goldman-Rakic, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine

“Functional and Neurochemical Architecture of Prefrontal Cortex”

Corey S. Goodman, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

“Wiring up the Brain: Mechanisms and Molecules that Control Axon Guidance”



Robert Desimone, PhD

Chief, Laboratory of Neuropsychology and Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health

“Neuronal Mechanisms of Attention”

James L. McClelland, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Director, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

“Reopening the Critical Period: A Hebbian Account of Successes and Failures in Adult Learning and Memory”



Eric Frank, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh

“Strategies for the Formation of Specific Synaptic Connections in the Developing Spinal Cord”


Michael E. Greenberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital, Boston

“Neurotrophin and Neurotransmitter Regulation of Gene Expression and Neuronal Adaptive Responses”


Ronald M. Lindsay, PhD

Vice President, Neurobiology, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

“Neurotrophic Factors: Biology, Trafficking and Therapeutic Potential of the Neurotrophins and CNTF in PNS and CNS Disorders”


Nicholas C. Spitzer, PhD

Professor of Biology, University of California at San Diego

“Breaking the Code: Regulating Neuronal Differentiation by Patterns of Calcium Transients”


2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award.

Marta Kutas, PhD

“45 years of Cognitive Electrophysiology: neither just psychology nor just the brain but the visible electrical interface between the twain”

Marta Kutas, MD
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Cognitive Science and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, and Director of the Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego.

I’ve spent my scientific life demonstrating that event related brain potentials (ERPs) – warts and all – are temporally exquisite instruments for investigating what the brain does – loosely, the mind. ERPs are effective instruments because they are continuous and instantaneous reflections of brain activity (neuronal communication) which have been proven systematically sensitive to sensory, motor, and psychological variables. Moreover, after careful study in their own right, ERPs in known paradigms, can offer opportunities for looking at what the brain considers qualitatively similar or just quantitatively different and by when, at brain activity that may or may not lead to overt behavior, as well as at hypothetical psychological processes that may not otherwise be readily accessible. I was smitten with ERPs from the beginning; others have warmed up more slowly, if at all. I plan to share aspects of my scientific journey: P3 latency and mental chronometry, RP and specific movement preparation, N400, meaning and modularity, the nogo N200 and seriality of language production, and what ERP data say about the functional role of the visual system in accessing knowledge about an object from its name.

A scientific refrain

Brain brain please don’t go away

And do come again each and every day

Please help me find the right connection

That missing link to my mind to help instruct me

On how I think (for I think I do), upon reflection.

Nu? How it is my neural and body cells construct

What I see, what I hear

What I think, and what I fear

but dare not or care not to reveal in utterances aloud.

yet have routinely allowed to be read

from sensors bound to my head

Electrical and magnetic

— empirically prophetic.


Marta Kutas is Distinguished Professor and Chair, Cognitive Science and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, and Director of the Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego. Born behind the Iron Curtain, Kutas immigrated to the United States with her family after the Hungarian Revolution. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College in 1971, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Psychology with Professor Emanuel Donchin (and Michael G. Coles) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1977. She then packed up all her stuff, arrived in San Diego, January 1, 1978, and has yet to leave except for a two year gap as a visitor at the psychology department at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Kutas went to the UCSD Department of Neurosciences as a postdoctoral fellow to work with Professors Steven A. Hillyard (and Robert Galambos). Two years later, Kutas was fortunate to receive two Research Scientist Development Awards from NIMH back to back and ten years whizzed by. She next joined the (first!) Department of Cognitive Science as a Professor soon after it opened its doors. Kutas holds Honorary Degrees from Oberlin College and Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. She is interested in the relationships between mind, body, brain, and behavior, which she investigates as part of a scientific village with lots of head scratching, elbow grease, with behavioral and cognitive electrophysiological measures and paradigms.

Previous Winner:

2014 Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Northwestern University

2013 Robert T. Knight, M.D., University of California, Berkeley

2012 Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of Toronto

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