October 24, 2008

Vanderbilt Prize winner next Discovery lecturer

Featured Image

Ann Graybiel, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt Prize winner next Discovery lecturer

Ann Graybiel, Ph.D., recipient of this year's Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, will deliver the next Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Graybiel, professor of Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss, “Our Habitual Lives: How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits” at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Graybiel's research focuses on the habit system of the brain — the semi-automatic “routines” that free us to think and attend to the world.

In recognition of her research accomplishments, Graybiel received the 2001 National Medal of Science, and she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

The Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science was established in 2006 to honor women who have made significant advances in the biological and biomedical sciences and have contributed positively to the mentorship of other women in science.