Emery N. Brown is a co-recipient of the 2022 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience. Awarded annually by the Gruber Foundation, the Gruber Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system. The prize, which includes a $500,000 award, will be presented to Dr. Brown and his co-recipients on November 13 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who also serves as the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia 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.
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. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.
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.