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The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

Columbia Awards the 2013 Horwitz Prize to Edvard I. Moser, May-Britt Moser, and John O’Keefe

Each year, since its inception in 1967, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize has been awarded by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry.

The purpose of the prize is to honor a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of these fields are deemed worthy of special recognition.

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Previous Prize Awardees

19672013 list of Recipients of the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

A panel of internationally known scientists distinguished in the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology.

Qualifications for the Prize

The Prize Committee recognizes no geographical limitations. The prize may be awarded to an individual or group. When the prize is awarded to a group, the honorarium will be divided among the recipients, and each member will receive a citation. Preference will be given to work done in the recent past.

History

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was established under the will of the late S. Gross Horwitz through a bequest to Columbia University and is named to honor the donor's mother. Louisa Gross Horwitz was the daughter of Dr. Samuel David Gross (18051889), a prominent Philadelphia surgeon and author of the outstanding Systems of Surgery, who served as President of the American Medical Association.

The Prize consists of an honorarium and citation that are awarded at a special presentation event. Unless otherwise recommended by the Prize Committee, the Prize is awarded annually.

For more information on the Horwitz lectures and recordings, please visit the Horwitz Prize Lecture Series site. 

 

Recipients of the Horwitz Prize 2013

Honoree:
John Michael O'Keefe, PhD, FRS
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Director, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
University College London

Lecture Topic: 
"The Hippocampal Cognitive Map: Past, Present and Future"

Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Davis Auditorium (Rm. 412), Schapiro Center (CEPSR)
530 West 120th Street

Honoree: 
Edvard I. Moser, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Lecture Topic: 
"Grid Cells and Neural Maps of Space"

Thursday, January 16, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 401
701 West 168th Street

Honoree: 
May-Britt Moser, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Centre for Neural Computation
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Lecture Topic: 
"Hippocampus, Space, and Memory"

Thursday, January 16, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium, First Floor
650 West 168th Street

Recipients of the Horwitz Prize 2012

Honoree:
Joe Lutkenhaus, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
University of Kansas Medical School

Lecture Topic:
“Dividing a Bacterial Cell”

November 20, 2012
Lecture Time: 10:00 a.m.
Lecture Location: Davis Auditorium (Rm. 412),
Schapiro Center (CEPSR)
530 West 120th St.

Honoree:
Richard Losick, PhD
Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology
Harvard College Professor
Harvard University

Lecture Topic:
"Chains, Communities and Going Green"

November 20, 2012
Lecture Time: 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Location: Davis Auditorium (Rm. 412),
Schapiro Center (CEPSR)
530 West 120th St.

Honoree:
Lucy Shapiro, PhD
Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Lecture Topic:
“Cell Cycle Regulation in a 3D Grid”

November 20, 2012
Lecture Time: 3:30 p.m.
Lecture Location: Alumni Auditorium,
First Floor
650 West 168th St.