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.

The 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 – 2017 Congress

Linda Spear Ph.D.

Linda Spear Ph.D.

Binghamton University

Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.binghamton.edu/psychology/adolescent-alcohol/

BIOGRAPHY
Linda Spear is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Psychology at Binghamton University.  Professional activities have included service as President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, and the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society, on NIDA, NIAAA, and NCRR study sections, extramural advisory boards of NIDA and NIAAA, and the NIAAA National Advisory Council. As detailed in her ~ 300 publications, including a book entitled the Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence, her work focuses on basic research to characterize neurobehavioral features of adolescence, with particular emphasis on sensitivity to and long-term consequences of alcohol use during adolescence. Dr. Spear currently directs an NIAAA-funded Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC) and a pre/postdoctoral T32 training grant in Developmental Neuroadaptations in Alcohol and Addictions (DNA2) and is a member of the NIAAA consortium on the Neurobiology of Adolescent Drinking in Adulthood (NADIA).  She has been a recipient of the NIAAA Keller Award as well as the Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Past Huttenlocher Lecturers

image0012016 Congress: Michael Posner
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA
Adjunct Professor at Weill Medical College

image0012016 Congress: Michael Posner
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA
Adjunct Professor at Weill Medical College

MarkJohnson2015 Congress: Mark H Johnson
Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, UK

MarkJohnson2015 Congress: Mark H Johnson
Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, UK

terry2014 Congress: Terry L. Jernigan
Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology
Director, University of California, San Diego Center for Human Development, USA
Watch the Lecture

terry2014 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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David-Lewis_Huttenlocher12013 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

David-Lewis_Huttenlocher12013 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