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Awards & Honors

Eric Kandel receives honorary doctorate from the Medical University of Vienna

On 24 April 2018 nobel prize laureate and IMBA SAB co-chair Eric Kandel received an honorary doctorate from the Medical University Vienna.

Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in the year 2000 for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. The Neuroscientist and Biochemist was born in 1929 in Vienna and migrated to Brooklyn, New York, during the second World War. Eric Kandel is professor at the Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics department as well as the Psychiatry department at the Columbia University in New York. In addition he is the director of the “Kavli Institute for Brain Science“ and is co-director of the “Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institutes“, both at the Columbia University.

Eric Kandel is co-chairing the IMBA Scientific Advisory Board since 2006. Before receiving his honorary doctorate in the afternoon of April 24th, he gave an impromptu talk at IMBA and spontaneously engaged in a lively discussion with IMBA researchers in the context of bridging arts and science. With his talk “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science “ he explained how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning. Also, he illustrated how can reductionism - the distillation of larger scientific or aesthetic concepts into smaller, more tractable components – has been used by scientists and artists alike, to pursue their respective truths.