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Michael Goldberger Award

This award was originally established to recognize excellence in behavioral neuroscience. Today, this award represents the top award in the trainee poster competition.

Michael E. Goldberger, PhD, was a pioneer experimentalist who helped establish that anatomical plasticity was a significant consequence of spinal cord injury, was correlated with, and is likely an important underlying mechanism responsible for, recovery of function after neurotrauma. His early work with Marion Murray, PhD (a life-long collaborator), validated the pioneering studies of Liu and Chambers, and later demonstrated sprouting in a number of spinal cord sensory and motor systems after injury.

Dr. Goldberger’s unique contribution lay in his ability to devise sensitive tech­niques to assess behavioral recovery, which could then be correlated with ana­tomical evidence for nerve regeneration. His seminal research papers revealed for the first time the capacity of central nervous system axons to sprout or grow into an adjacent denervated area. His work led to promi­sing research on the use of growth factors and fetal transplants to restore function. Dr. Goldberger focused on the nature of behavioral recovery and was a mentor to many well-known investigators studying plasticity and recovery after spinal cord injury.

2021 Britahny Baskin
2020 N/A
2019 John Arena

2018 Kimberly Mendoza
2017 Christopher Ahuja
2016 Jenna VanRooyen
2015 Jessica Nielson
2014 Jean-Pierre Dolle
2013 Emily Schwartz
2012 Theresa Currier Thomas
2011 Michelle Theus
2010 Jiaqiong Wang
2009 Joshua Bell
2008 Eugene Park
2007 Adam Ferguson
2006 Jing Zhao
2005 Jonathan Lifshitz
2004 Eugene Park
2003 Jonathan Lifshitz
1999 Dana McTigue
1998 James Stone
1997 Philip Popovich
1995 Dorothy Kozlowski


AWARD: $500.00 and engraved art glass trophy presented at the annual Symposium

RECIPIENT: Top (1) ranked trainee poster presentation at Annual Symposium

HOW APPLY: Included in Trainee Poster Competition

ELIGIBILITY: Abstract selected as top ranked amongst those submitted for the annual symposium

2016 Jenna VanRooyen
University of Kentucky

2021 Award Winner

2019 John Arena

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