Prize Programs

Mathematical Neuroscience Prize:

2017 winners: The two 2017 Mathematical Neuroscience Prizes, $100,000 each, was awarded at BrainTech 2017 to two researchers – Prof. Misha Tsodyks of Weizmann Institute and Prof. Fred Wolf of Max Planck Institute for Self Dynamics and Self Organization, Guettingen.



2015 Winners:   The 2015  $100,000 Mathematical Neuroscience Prize was awarded to Prof. Nancy Kopell of Boston University for her work in mathematical analysis of the nervous system functions, and to Prof. Bard Ermentrout from the University of Pittsburgh for his classic work in mathematical biology. Each received a $100,000 prize.

2013 Winners: The first IBT Mathematical Neuroscience Prize was awarded to Professors Larry Abbott (Columbia University) and Haim Sompolinsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The two $100,000 prizes were awarded at the 1st annual BrainTech Israel 2013 Conference in Tel Aviv.

The $1M Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N.

(Breakthrough Research And Innovation in Neurotechnology) Prize

The BRAIN Prize was awarded in 2013 to the BrainGate Research and Development team led by Dr. John Donoghue. The BrainGate team, based at Brown University with collaborators at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Providence, Rhode Island), Case Western Reserve University, and Stanford University, triumphed over nine other B.R.A.I.N finalists. The collaborative demonstrated the first human uses of an implanted neural sensor and neural interface system to control robotic and prosthetic arms in three-dimensional space.

The BrainGate research was praised for “enabling a new understanding of human brain function and the development of a novel, fully-implanted platform neurotechnology capable of wirelessly transmitting large numbers of neural signals from multiple types of sensors for use in Brain Computer Interface, epilepsy monitoring, and neuromodulation applications.”

Over 70 companies from across the globe applied for the contest.