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Takaki Komiyama Wins 2014 McKnight Scholar Award

May 14, 2014

By Kim McDonald

Takaki Komiyama

Takaki Komiyama, an assistant professor in the Neurobiology Section, is one of six scientists nationwide who have been honored this year with a McKnight Scholar Award, given “to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.”

Komiyama will receive $75,000 each year for three years for research on “Motor Cortex Plasticity in Motor Learning” from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Research, which supports “innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented and treated.”

Komiyama, who holds the Silvio Varon Professorship in Neuroregeneration, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, received his Ph.D. in neurosciences at Stanford University in 2006 and his BA in biochemistry at University of Tokyo in 2001. His other honors include a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Japan-Stanford Association Graduate Fellowship, Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Pew Scholars Program, Packard Fellowship and Sloan Research Fellowship.

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