Emery Brown Awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience. The award includes a $30,000 prize.

Dr. Brown, a neuroscientist, a statistician, and a practicing anesthesiologist, also serves as the Warren M. Zapol Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research has produced principled and efficient new methods for decoding patterns of neural and brain network activity and has advanced neuroscientific understanding of how anesthetics affect the brain.

“Receiving the Swartz Prize is a great honor,” Dr. Brown said. “The prize recognizes my group’s work to characterize more accurately the properties of neural systems by developing and applying statistical methods and signal processing algorithms that capture their dynamical features. It further recognizes our efforts to uncover the neurophysiological mechanisms of how anesthetics work, and to translate those insights into new practices for managing patients receiving anesthesia care.”

Dr. Brown’s outstanding achievements have earned him the distinction of being the first African American, to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in statistics and a medical degree from Harvard University.

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