Huttenlocher Award

Dr-Peter-HuttenlocherThe Flux community honors Dr. Peter Huttenlocher’s distinguished and pioneering contributions to the field of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience by establishing the Huttenlocher Lecture, which is awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field each year.  Dr. Huttenlocher was a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist who is considered one of the fathers of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

His prolific body of work using histological approaches began in the 1970’s culminating with groundbreaking publications in the 90’s describing the protracted and hierarchical nature of synaptic pruning in the human brain occurring earliest in the occipital lobe and latest in the frontal lobe. These findings, suggesting a mechanism for ongoing neural plasticity through adolescence into young adulthood, has had great impact not only in developmental science and clinical medicine, but also in the realms of education and law.

In addition to his extraordinary impact on the world of developmental cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Huttenlocher made remarkable contributions to his clinical discipline – pediatric neurology – as a physician, teacher, scientist, and mentor.

Huttenlocher Lecturer – 2019 Congress

BJ Casey

BJ Casey

Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab, Yale University - The Rockefeller University


Dr. BJ Casey is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab at Yale University and Visiting Scientist at The Rockefeller University. Casey pioneered the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine typical and atypical human brain development in the early 1990s and is a world leader in the field of developmental neuroscience. She has received international acclaim for her empirical and theoretical work on the adolescent brain. Her discoveries have provided new insights as to why young people respond to the world in unique ways that have important implications for justice reform.

Past Huttenlocher Lecturers

2018 Congress: Uta FrithInstitute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London

2017 Congress: Linda Spear Ph.D. University of Florida
Watch the Lecture

2016 Congress: Michael Posner Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA Adjunct Professor at Weill Medical College

2015 Congress: Mark H Johnson
Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, UK

2014 Congress: Terry L. Jernigan
Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology
Director, University of California, San Diego Center for Human Development, USA
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2013 Congress: David A. Lewis
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
UPMC Endowed Professor in Translational Neuroscience
Medical Director and Director of Research
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Director Translational Neuroscience Program
Director NIMH Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Young Investigator Awards

The Young Investigator Award in Cognitive Neuroscience recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers. Award recipients have been working in the area of cognitive neuroscience for no more than 10 years involved in active independent research.

The FLUX Society is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Young Investigator Award in Cognitive Neuroscience for the 2019 year.


For the 2019 awards, the nominee MUST be:

  1. Doing research in any area of developmental cognitive neuroscience
  2. No more than 10 years involved in active independent research as of April 1, 2019
  3. Residency, clinical internship and interruption for childbearing will not be counted against the 10-year limit
  4. Nominated by a Flux member (no self-nominations will be accepted)
  5. Have a PhD and/or MD degree
  6. In attendance at the 2019 meeting to accept the award in person and agree to give a special plenary lecture

Submitting a Nomination

Before submitting a nomination, collect the required materials:

  • Contact information for the nominee
  • A PDF or Word Document of the nominee’s CV
  • A short (max 600) word statement of the nominee’s research program
  • A PDF or Word Document of a nomination statement from the primary referee
  • Contact information for a second referee

When submitting your nomination, please send all documentation in a PDF or Word document and NOT in the body of the email. For questions

to email us your nomination with supporting documentation.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019, 23:59 Central Time

Past Young Investigator Winners

2018 Winner: Leah Somerville, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

2017 Winner: Dr. Damien Fair, Oregon Health & Science University

Flux Dissertation Award

The Flux Congress is committed to investing in the scientific and professional development of its trainees. To this end, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Flux Student Dissertation Award. The purpose of this honor to recognize an exceptional, rigorous, and meticulous dissertation by one of the Congress’ trainee members. The awardee will receive a 3 minute spotlight talk at the 2019 meeting in New York and a conference registration fee waiver. Please note,  you can only be nominated once for this award.


Criteria for the award:

  1. The applicant/nominee must be a member 
  2. The applicant/nominee must have an overall good academic record
  3. The applicant/nominee’s work must show originality and significance
  4. The applicant/nominee must be committed to the field of Developmental Neuro & show promise of a career in this field
  5. Thesis defense must occur between May 1, 2018- June 15, 2019


Application materials (Closed):

1. A letter of nomination/recommendation from the student’s research advisor that documents the student’s status, the level of independence of the student’s contribution. Note: the letter of nomination for this award has to be by a regular member (non-student) and should focus on discussing the quality of the nominee’s dissertation research.
2. Applicant’s current CV.
3. Applicant’s abstract.
4. A summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 7 double-spaced pages

Flux 2019 Dissertation Award Winner

Katie Insel

Katie Insel

Columbia University Zuckerman Institute

Katie received her PhD in Psychology from Harvard University’s Cognition, Brain, and Behavior program. During graduate school, she worked in Professor Leah Somerville’s Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab in the Department of Psychology and Center for Brain Science. Katie’s research examines how adolescent neurodevelopment shapes goal-directed behavior. To answer these questions, her research employs a combination of behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methods. She is particularly interested in identifying how individuals use incentives to motivate behavior and adjust cognitive effort, and how this ability changes with age during adolescence. Specifically, she investigates how maturing functional brain systems support the integration of motivation and cognition during learning and cognitive control. While most of her work focuses on normative development, she also examines whether adolescents with depression exhibit unique brain and behavioral profiles. This fall, Katie will begin a postdoctoral fellowship working with Professor Daphna Shohamy at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. During her postdoctoral training, she plans to study how the multiple brain systems that support learning and memory functionally mature during adolescence. In addition to conducting research, Katie is committed to scientific outreach, and she has worked with educators, legal scholars, and clinicians to help translate basic science to inform real world applications.

Past Dissertation Winners

Student Travel Awards

During the abstract submission process, we invite post-doc and graduate students to apply for Flux Travel Awards. These awards will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and will be allocated based on scientific merit and an evaluation of a written application.

Winners of the 2018 Flux Travel Awards

ELOISE CAMERON MURDOCH, Childrens Research Institute/University of Melbourne
LIA FERSCHMANN, University of Oslo
DELIA FUHRMANN, University of Cambridge
JOAO GUASSI MOREIRA, University of California, Los Angeles
TERESA IUCULANO, Universite’ Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris
EDUARD KLAPWIJK, Leiden University
KATHERINE LOPEZ, Washington University in St Louis
SCOTT MAREK, Washington University in St. Louis
ROSEMARIE PERRY, New York University
CHRISTINA ROGERS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NOELIA SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ, University of Murcia
MARION VAN DEN HEUVEL, Tilburg University
QIJING YU, Wayne State University

Winners of the 2017 Flux Travel Awards

LM WIERENGA, Leiden University
JONATHAN HOLM-SKJOLD, University of Copenhagen
KATE NUSSENBAUM, University of Oxford
AMALIE EKSTRAND, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance
ANITA MONTAGNA, King’s College London
BARBARA BRAAMS, Harvard University
SCOTT MAREK, University of Pittsburgh
SYLVIA RUSNAK, Georgetown University
JULIET DAVIDOW, Harvard University
CHARLOTTE HELENIAK, University of Washington
DAVID PIEKARSKI, University of California Berkeley
WAN CHEN LIN, University of California Berkeley
SUNG JUN JOO, University of Washington
CHELSEA HARMON, Columbia University

Winners of the 2016 Flux Travel Awards


LAUREN DEMERS University of Minnesota

SILA GENC Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

MARIA JALBRZIKOWSKI University of California, Los Angeles

BART LARSEN University of Pittsburgh

CORINNA LAUBE Max Planck Institute for Human Development

LUCIA MAGIS-WEINBERG University College London

CHARLES MALPAS Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

JANESSA MANNING Wayne State University

LILLIAN MATTHEWS Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

DUSTIN MORACZEWSKI University of Maryland, College Park

JASON NOMI University of Miami


DAVID PAGLIACCIO Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience

JEROD RASMUSSEN Univ. of California, Irvine

Science of Learning Symposium

For the 2017 Flux Congress, the Science of Learning Symposium, sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, highlighted early career scientists who were identified based on merit and overall fit with the Flux mission.

2018 Science of Learning Symposium winners

TERESA IUCULANO, Université Paris – Sorbonne
DUNCAN ASTLE, University of Cambridge
TORKEL KLINGSBERG, Karolinska Institutet

2017 Science of Learning Symposium winners

GREGOIRE BORST, Paris Descartes University
JASON YEATMAN, University of Washington
CAROLYN JOHNSON, Harvard University

2016 Science of Learning Symposium winners


ALYSSA KERSEY University of Rochester

WOUTER VAN DEN BOS Max Planck Institute for Human Development