Neuroscientist Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz has been awarded the 2022 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The annual prize recognizes exceptional clinical and basic research in mental illness.
“The Klerman and Freedman prizes recognize innovative thinking and outstanding talent across the field of neuropsychiatry,” said Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in a statement.
Fernandez-Ruiz is the Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences and Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences. His current research aims to understand how neuronal dynamics in distributed brain circuits support complex cognitive functions and how small imbalances can lead to cognitive dysfunction in brain diseases. His laboratory has developed new methods for a more precise interrogation and manipulation of brain circuit dynamics in behaving animals and used then to elucidate the neural basis of flexible learning and memory consolidation.