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Fred Wolf receives the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize 2017

Fred Wolf is awarded the world's most highly endowed prize for groundbreaking mathematical contributions to the understanding of the brain (March 2017).

Fred Wolf erhält den Mathematical Neuroscience Prize 2017

Fred Wolf receives the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize 2017 from Miri Polachek, Executive Director at Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), in Tel Aviv. © IBT

Fred Wolf (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, University of Göttingen), head of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen, is awarded the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. Wolf receives the $ 100,000 prize for his fundamental work on the mechanisms of vision in the brain. With this award, the prize committee recognizes "Fred Wolf's groundbreaking contributions to theoretical neuroscience, primarily the organization of the visual cortex and the dynamics of spiking neurons and neuronal circuits."

The fact that the prize is awarded to Fred Wolf underscores the importance of German scientists in the field of Computational Neuroscience. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) recognized the potential of Computational Neuroscience at a very early stage and launched the funding initiative Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience in 2004. The generous support of the BMBF with a total volume of more than € 180 million to date, has decisively contributed to the successful development of Computational Neuroscience in Germany.

The Mathematical Neuroscience Prize honors researchers who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and modeling. It is awarded by Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) every two years to two outstanding scientists and is accompanied by US $ 100,000, each.

The award ceremony took place on March 7th in Tel Aviv within the framework of the BrainTech 2017 conference.

Read an interview with the awardee Fred Wolf.

Press release by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization.