December 5, 2011, Updated September 11, 2012

Hebrew University Prof. Haim Sompolinsky of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences has won the prestigious Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) presented the award at its annual meeting in the US.

Prof. Haim Sompolinsky

Proessor Haim Sompolinsky

“The society is pleased to recognize the exceptional contributions of Dr. Sompolinsky to the field of theoretical neuroscience,” said Dr. Susan G. Amara, president of SfN. “His work, blending physics and neuroscience, has established innovative methods and set rigorous standards for advancing the field.”

Supported by The Swartz Foundation, the $25,000 prize recognizes an individual who has produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience.

Sompolinsky has worked to develop the field of theoretical neuroscience throughout his career. His research helped shape system-level brain theory using principles and methods of statistical physics and dynamical systems. Sompolinsky’s “ring” model has served as a key paradigm for modeling neural circuits and has been the basis of countless studies of short-term memory, decision-making, selectivity and receptive fields.

The Washington, D.C.-based SfN comprises more than 41,000 researchers and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.

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