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Joseph Altman Princess of Asturias Awards Awarded In 2011

Joseph Altman

Joseph Altman

Award Name : Princess of Asturias Awards

Year of Award : 2011

Award for : Science and Engineering

Location : Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Joseph Altman is an American biologist who has worked in the field of neurobiology.Altman discovered adult neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons in the adult brain, in the 1960s.As an independent investigator at MIT, his results were largely ignored in favor Pasko Rakic's findings that neurogenesis is limited to pre-natal development.In the late 1990s, the fact that the brain can create new neurons even into adulthood was rediscovered by Elizabeth Gould in 1999,leading it to be one of the hottest fields in neuroscience. Adult neurogenesis has recently been proven to occur in the dentate gyrus, olfactory bulb and striatum through the measurement of Carbon-14--the levels of which changed during nuclear bomb testing throughout the 20th century--in postmortem human brains.In 2011 he received the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.


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