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Valentino Braitenberg Award 2016 goes to David Willshaw

David Willshaw from the University of Edinburgh received the third Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience. The award ceremony took place during the Bernstein Conference 2016 in Berlin.

Valentino Braitenberg Award 2016 goes to David Willshaw

David Willshaw's major research interest is the application of the methods of computational neurobiology - mathematical analysis and computer simulation - to an understanding of the development and functioning of the nervous system.

His specific areas of interest are:

  • The mechanisms by which retinotopically ordered projections and patterns of ocular dominance are developed between vertebrate eye and brain.
  • The mechanisms for the elimination of polyinnervation in developing muscle.
  • The functioning of the basal ganglia and related structures and their role in Parkinson's Disease.
  • The role of the mammalian hippocampus, cerebellum and neocortex in the associative storage and retrieval of information in the brain.
  • Development of novel algorithms for combinatorial optimisation problems, such as the Travelling Salesman Problem.