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Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2008

Neuroscientists Robert Sapolsky, Karel Svoboda honored by IU's Gill Center

May 19, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Neuroscientists from Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be recognized on May 21 (Wednesday) at the 2008 Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Sciences Symposium at Indiana University Bloomington.

Robert Sapolsky

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Robert Sapolsky

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Robert Sapolsky, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford, will be honored with the 2008 Gill Award, an acknowledgement of his career-long contributions to the field of neuroscience.

"Professor Sapolsky has conducted ground-breaking research on the sources and consequence of stress in health and behavior," said interim Gill Center director Ken Mackie. "Even more importantly, he has been highly successful in communicating these and other important scientific findings to the general public."

Karel Svoboda, Group Leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus, will receive the 2008 Young Investigator Award.

"Dr. Svoboda is successfully using high-resolution optical techniques to probe brain function in living animals to answer fundamental questions on how collections of neurons cooperate in the process of learning," Mackie said.

The 2008 Gill Symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union. IU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bennett I. Bertenthal will give opening remarks. Other speakers at the event include: Kyung-Tai Min, IU Department of Biology and Program in Neuroscience; Cara Wellman, IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Program in Neuroscience; and Xiao-Ming Xu, Department of Neurological Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute.

The Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science (GCBS) was established to advance the understanding of complex biological processes, especially in the field of neuroscience. Collaborators include IU's departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychological and Brain Sciences, Program in Neuroscience, and the School of Medicine. For more information, visit

To find out more about the Gill Symposium, the Gill Center or to speak with Ken Mackie, please contact Misty Theodore at 812-856-1930 or

To speak with Robert Sapolsky, please contact Lou Bergeron at 650-725-1944 and To speak with Karel Svoboda, please contact Lori Lynn Kurimsky at 571-509-4363 or