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June 4, 2018
Prof. Jean-Pierre Changeux, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur and Collège de France, where he was Chair of Cellular Communications from 1976 to 2006, and at the International Faculty, Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind, University of California (San Diego), has been selected by the World Cultural Council as the winner of the 2018 Albert Einstein World Award of Science.
The prize is awarded in recognition of his exceptional scientific achievements and leadership in the field of neuroscience and especially for his pioneering contributions to the science and understanding of neuroreceptors for the past 50 years. Prof. Changeux’s breakthrough discovery of the acetylcholine receptor as a model membrane receptor was ground-breaking since it has proven to be one of the most central regulatory mechanisms in biology. This has led to an original insight into the chemistry of the brain and ultimately the brain-mind relationship.
The jury acknowledged the significant impact of his research on healthcare and on our understanding of human neural processes. Prof. Changeux’s deep thought on the mechanism of neural networks has narrowed the gap between molecular biology and cognitive sciences.
The 2018 José Vasconcedos World Award of Education acknowledges Professor Malik Mâaza's work (UNISA, South Africa).