Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

(GREAT NECK, N.Y. – January 3, 2012) On May 3, 2011, two Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Members were among the 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious non-profit organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing science and promoting its uses for the greater good. The Academy also acts as an official advisor to the federal government on issues related to science and technology.

    Dr. Robert Malenka of Stanford University School of Medicine             Dr. Huda Akil of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
   Robert C. Malenka, Ph.D., M.D                     Huda Akil, Ph.D.

Huda Akil, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Robert C. Malenka, Ph.D., M.D. of Stanford University School of Medicine join nine other Scientific Council Members on the National Academy of Sciences. Election to NAS membership is one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist and recognizes those who have made distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
 
Herbert Pardes, M.D., founding and current president of the Scientific Council, a volunteer group of 132 of the world’s leading mental health researchers (including two Nobel Prizewinners) says, “We extend our congratulations to Drs. Akil and Malenka and are extremely proud to have their work and commitment to the field of brain and behavior research recognized. The Scientific Council is made up of the most extraordinary talent in the field, and covers a breadth of research not seen in any other private organization.”

The 11 Scientific Council Members in the National Academy of Sciences are:

Huda Akil, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2002
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Susan G. Amara, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2010
University of Pittsburgh

Fred H. Gage, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2009
Salk Institute

Paul Greengard, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 1992
Rockefeller University

Eric R. Kandel, M.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 1998
Columbia University

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2009
University of Washington

Robert C. Malenka, Ph.D., M.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2001
Stanford University School of Medicine

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2002
Rockefeller University

Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 2006
Yale University

Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., D.Sc., D.Phil. (Hon. Causa) – Scientific Council Member Since 1987
Johns Hopkins University

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D. – Scientific Council Member Since 1998
National Institute of Mental Health

“We are thrilled that the revolutionary work of our Scientific Council Members is being recognized by the National Academy of Sciences,” said Benita Shobe, Foundation President and CEO. “With their unparalleled contributions to the cause of mental illness, these leaders are paving the way to recovery for countless millions of people worldwide.”

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Over a quarter of a century, the Foundation has awarded nearly $300 million worldwide to more than 3,000 scientists carefully selected by their prestigious Scientific Council.

Please visit our website for more information: www.bbrfoundation.org

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