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Director’s Update: NIMH Grantee Wins The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

On May 31, 2012, Ann M. Graybiel, Ph.D., of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named one of three winners of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience . Dr. Graybiel was honored for her work in identifying the brain circuitry underlying habitual behaviors and helping to advance the understanding of how habits may be formed or broken and how these processes are affected by disorders of movement or repetitive behaviors.

Dr. Graybiel has received NIMH funding since 1998 and also served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council in the late 1990s.

The Kavli Prize has been awarded every two years since 2008 in recognition of significant research contributions in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The prize is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the U.S.-based Kavli Foundation.