Sammy Kuo was a young boy who was diagnosed with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a rare degenerative neurological disorder, when he was 13 years old. After Sammy passed away in 2006, his family set up a memorial fund in his memory at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.
The Sammy Kuo Memorial Fund awards prizes annually to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the best neuroscience papers published during the past year. The winners are announced at the annual Stanford Neurosciences Institute Symposium each October. Sammy's family sincerely hopes that these grants will help encourage and contribute to basic research towards the development of effective therapies for individuals like Sammy.
For more information about the Sammy Kuo Prizes in Neuroscience at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, please visit https://neuroscience.stanford.edu/initiatives/sni-initiatives/sammy-kuo-prizes-neuroscience.
Paper of the Year
"The peptidergic control circuit for sighing"
Nature, 530: 293-297.
Finalist: Jae-Ick Kim, Ding lab
Finalist: Li Ye, Deisseroth lab
Honorable Mention: Anca Pasca, Palmer and Pasca labs
Paper of the Year
Finalist: Pengpeng Li, Shen lab
Finalist: Jonathan Kao, Shenoy lab
Honorable Mention: Steven Sloan, Barres lab
Kevin Beier, Malenka and Luo labs
Kiah Hardcastle, Giocomo lab
"Environmental Boundaries as an Error Correction Mechanism for Grid Cells"
Neuron, 86: 827-839.
Han Mi Lee, Schatz lab
"Synapse Elimination and Learning Rules Co-Regulated by MHC Class I H2-Db", Nature, 509:195-200
Matthew Figley, Gitler lab
"Profilin 1 Associates with Stress Granules and ALS-Linked Mutations Alter Stress Granule Dynamics", J. Neurosci, 34(24): 8083-8097
Nan Yang, Wernig lab
"Generation of oligodendroglial cells by direct lineage conversion", Nature Biotechnology,2013.
Casey Guenther, Luo lab
Nicola Allen, Barres lab
Sergiu Pasca, Dolmetsch lab
"Using iPSC-derived neurons to uncover cellular phenotypes associated with Timothy syndrome", Nature Medicine, 2012.
Poh Hui Chia, Shen lab
"NAB-1 instructs synapse assembly by linking adhesion molecules and F-actin to active zone proteins", Nature Neuroscience, 2012.
Kazunari Miyamichi, Luo lab
Saul Villeda, Wyss-Coray lab
Mark Churchland, Shenoy lab
“Stimulus onset quenches neural variability: a widespread cortical phenomenon”, Nature Neuroscience, 2010.
Laura Prolo, Reimer lab
“The lysosomal sialic acid transporter sialin is required for normal CNS myelination”, Journal of Neuroscience, 2009.
Qi Zhang, Tsien lab
Viviana Gradinaru and Murtaza Mogri, Deisseroth lab
“Optical deconstruction of Parkinsonian neural circuitry”, Science, 2009.
Antoine Adamantidis, DeLecea lab
Alex Katsov, Clandinin lab
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