2006 winner BenzerSeymour Benzer, PhD (1912–2007), former James Griffin Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology. A neuro-scientist, molecular biologist and physicist who uncovered genetic links to behavior in fruit flies that serve as the foundation for the study and treatment of human neurological diseases, Benzer was heralded by the scientific community as the “father of neurogenetics.” Benzer’s work opened the field to exploration of models for specific neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s chorea, Parkinson’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).


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