CNS 2023 | The 12th Annual Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC)

Congratulations to Mark D'Esposito our 2023 Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Awardee. Dr. D’Esposito will accept this prestigious award and deliver his lecture in San Francisco, CA March of 2023 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel in the Grand Ballroom.

A tale about the frontal lobes as told by a neurologist

Mark D'Esposito, MD

Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology University of California, Berkeley

Monday, March 27, 2023, 4:30PM - 5:30PM (PT), Grand Ballroom

A full understanding of frontal lobe function continues to elude neurologists and neuroscientists. Neurologists caring for patients with frontal lobe damage describe dramatic changes in their cognition and personality. Cognitive neuroscientists who study healthy individuals in the lab have discovered various frontal lobe functions, such as working memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. Do the findings in the lab explain the real-life impact of frontal lobe damage? Can we ever develop a theory of frontal lobe function without incorporating clinical observations of individuals with frontal lobe damage? Through the lens of the neurological patients I have encountered and from what I have learned in my lab, I will attempt to answer these crucial questions.


Dr. D’Esposito earned his medical degree in 1987 at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and completed clinical training in Neurology at Boston University Medical Center in 1991. After residency training, he was awarded an NIH Javits Fellowship to pursue research training at the Memory Disorders Research Center at Boston University and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he later became Chief of the Cognitive Neurology Division. In 2000, he was recruited to the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley to become Professor of Neuroscience, and the Founding Director of the newly created Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center, which he served for 20 years. He also practices Neurology at the Northern California VA Medical Center.  Dr. D’Esposito’s research investigates the neural mechanisms underlying cognition, how the brain recovers from injury, and potential treatments for the injured brain. He has over 400 research publications which have been cited over 70,000 times, written and edited seven books, and received numerous competitive NIH and private foundation research grants. He has trained over 75 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, 30 whom have achieved tenure at Universities in the United States and around the world. He served as President of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, Chairman of the International Society for Human Brain Mapping, and the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience from 2003-2020. In 1999, he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


About the Distinguished Career Contributions Award

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC) was established in 2012 and it is sponsored by the Fred Kavli Foundation from 2019-2023. This award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their sustained and distinguished career, including outstanding scientific contributions, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

An annual call for nominations for the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award is made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize attends the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and delivers the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions lecture.

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This award has been generously sponsored by the Kavli Foundation.

Previous Winner of the Distinguished Career Contributions Award:

2022 John Jonides, Ph.D., University of Michigan
2021 Robert Desimone, Ph.D., McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
2020 Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
2019 Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D., Harvard University
2018 Alfonso Caramazza, Harvard University
2017 Marcia K. Johnson, Yale University
2016 James Haxby, University of Trento, Dartmouth College
2015 Marta Kutas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2014 Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Northwestern University
2013 Robert T. Knight, M.D., University of California, Berkeley
2012 Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of Toronto




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