Ed Boyden wins prestigious Wilhelm Exner Medal

The Austrian Affiliation of Business owners has introduced that Edward S. Boyden, the Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT, has been awarded the 2020 Wilhelm Exner Medal.

Named after Austrian businessman Wilhelm Exner, the medal has been awarded each year because 1921 to researchers, inventors, and designers who are “promoting the economy instantly or indirectly in an remarkable fashion.” Past honorees contain 22 Nobel laureates.

“It’s a great honor to acquire this award, which acknowledges not only the standard science impression of our group’s get the job done, but the impression of the get the job done in the industrial and startup worlds,” suggests Boyden, who is a professor of biological engineering and of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT.

Boyden is a top scientist whose get the job done is widely employed in market, the two in his personal startup organizations and in present organizations. Boyden is also a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Mind Investigation, Media Lab, and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Investigation.

“I am so thrilled that Ed has gained this honor,” suggests Robert Desimone, director of the McGovern Institute. “Ed’s get the job done has remodeled neuroscience, as a result of optogenetics, growth microscopy, and other results that are pushing biotechnology forward too.”

He is intrigued in understanding the brain as a computational process, and builds and applies equipment for the assessment of neural circuit framework and dynamics, in behavioral and disorder contexts. He performed a significant purpose in the progress of optogenetics, a innovative instrument where by the activity of neurons can be managed employing light. Boyden also led the workforce that invented growth microscopy, which provides an unparalleled see of the nanoscale buildings of cells, even in the absence of specific super-resolution microscopy machines. Exner Medal laureates contain noteworthy luminaries of science, which includes Robert Langer of MIT. In addition, Boyden has started a variety of organizations based on his innovations in the fast paced biotech hub of Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These contain a startup that is searching for to utilize growth microscopy to professional medical problems.

Boyden will deliver his prize lecture at the Exner symposium in November 2020, all through which economists and researchers appear alongside one another to listen to about the winner’s exploration.