NIDCD Grantees Share 2005
Peter Gruber Neuroscience Award
November 2, 2005
NIDCD is pleased to announce that two of its long-term grantees, Eric
Knudsen, Ph.D., and Masakazu Konishi, Ph.D., will share the 2005 Peter
Gruber Foundation’s Neuroscience Award for research on sound
localization and neural plasticity. Each will receive a gold medal and
$200,000 at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting on November
13, 2005, in Washington, D.C.
Eric Knudsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Knudsen is professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology at
Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Knudsen is an expert on
the effects of experience on the structure and function of the central
auditory system. His research focuses on cellular mechanisms that
underlie adaptive behavioral changes in response to experience with
changing environmental conditions during development and in adult
animals. Dr. Knudsen received his Ph.D. from the University of
California, San Diego. He received his first NIDCD grant in 1980.
Masakazu Konishi, Ph.D.
Dr. Konishi is the Bing Professor of Behavioral Biology at the
California Institute of Technology. Dr. Konishi is an expert in the
neurobiological study of natural behavior such as the capture of prey by
owls and the singing of songbirds. For the past 20 years, he has been
investigating the brain mechanisms of sound localization in barn owls.
Dr. Konishi received his Ph.D. from the University of California,
Berkeley. In addition to the support he has received from NIDCD, Dr.
Konishi has received funding from the National Institute of Mental
To Read more about the Peter Gruber Foundation, Dr. Knudsen and Dr.
Konishi see this page for links to further information: