• The 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    The Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium, York Ave. at 66th St.

    The 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize will be awarded to Dr. Brenda Milner, The Dorothy J. Killam Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery The Montreal Neurological Institute McGill University

    Pioneering neuropsychologist Brenda Milner first came to prominence in the 1950s through her work with a patient, identified as HM, who had lost the ability to convert short‐term memory into long‐term after neurosurgery. Through rigorous study, Milner demonstrated that HM could learn some tasks, and that his memories of the past before his operation remained intact. This revelation established that people have multiple memory systems governing different activities like language or motor skills. Through her encounters with HM, Milner sealed her reputation as one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century, and made HM famous. But even after 30 years working together, he never remembered her name.

    As a faculty member at McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute, Milner has provided landmark discoveries in human memory and elucidated the involvement of the brain’s temporal lobes in emotional responses, hearing, memory, and speech. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. A recipient of the Gairdner Foundation International Award, Milner has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

    The evening will feature special guest presenter Michelle Bachelet, Under‐Secretary‐General and Executive Director, UN Women President of Chile, 2006‐2010.

    A pediatrician and epidemiologist by training, Bachelet served as Chile’s health minister prior to her election to the nation’s presidency in 2006. In September 2010, she was appointed Under‐Secretary‐General and Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

    Registration will be held from 6:00-6:30 PM; prize presentation starts at 6:30. A reception will be held from 7:30–8:00.


    The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the University’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the University, created this major international prize. Named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize provides recognition of the accomplishments of women in science.

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