The American Academy of Arts & Sciences awards the Rumford Prize to Peter Hegemann and others for the invention and refinement of optogenetics.
News from Feb 11, 2019
Named “Breakthrough of the Decade” in 2010 by the journal Science, the field of optogenetics has furthered the fundamental scientific understanding of how specific cell types contribute to the function of biological tissues. On the clinical side, optogenetics-driven research has led to insights into Parkinson’s disease and other neurological and psychiatric disorders, as well as autism, schizophrenia, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression.
Further information about the award can be found here.