Legendary neuroscientist Dr. Brenda Milner receives Kavli Prize

Dr. Brenda Milner, a neuropsychologist renowned for her work on the study of memory and cognition, has received the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Considered one of the founders of the field of cognitive neuroscience, she remains an active researcher at age 95. Her groundbreaking work greatly advanced our understanding of memory and the function of the brain’s temporal lobes. She is perhaps best known for her work with amnesia patient H.M., which generated important insights into how memories are processed in the human mind. As the Dorothy J. Killam Professor of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Dr. Milner continues to explore spatial memory and language.

“Dr. Milner’s research findings have been game-changing, opening up new avenues for the exploration of brain function” says Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). “CIHR has been a proud supporter of her excellent research, and we would like to congratulate her on this honour.”

The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded every two years by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, for “outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system.” Dr. Milner shares this year’s prize with two other memory researchers, John O’Keefe of University College London and Marcus E. Raichle of Washington University in St. Louis.

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