Cowan and Palay Awards
Established in 2004 by the esteemed publisher Wiley-Blackwell, The Cowan and Palay Awards stand as prestigious tributes to the distinguished contributions of two former editors-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Neurology. These awards honor their unparalleled commitment to advancing neuroanatomy, solidifying their legacy in the field.
Our current Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Patrick Hof, has the privilege of presenting these awards annually, symbolizing a continued devotion to the standards and ideals these pioneers of neuroscience uphold.
The presentation ceremony holds a prestigious place in the Cajal Club Social, a sophisticated gathering held during the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. This event not only honors the past but also encourages the present to shape the future of neuroscience.
W. Maxwell Cowan
W. Maxwell Cowan was the editor-in-chief from 1968-1980, then he went on to be the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, and the chief scientific officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes. Dr. Cowan studied the connections of the hippocampus and developed anterograde tracer methods, but the main focus during his scientific career was on the development of visual system connections with the midbrain, including the effect of target tissue on determining neuronal trajectories and survival. The Cowan Award is given in odd-numbered years to a neuroscientist for outstanding work in neural development.
Sanford L. Palay
Sanford L. Palay was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Neurology from 1980-1993. He was a professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School and then professor emeritus during that tenure. Dr. Palay was one of the earliest scientists to turn electron microscopy onto the nervous system, and in 1954 with George Palade provided the first descriptions of vertebrate synapses at the EM level. Dr. Palay did groundbreaking studies on the fine structure of the cerebellum, and co-authored with Alan Peters and Henry deForest Webster the classic text, "The Fine Structure of the Nervous System." The Palay Award is given in even-numbered years to a neuroscientist for outstanding contributions in the structure of the nervous system.
Previous winners have included:
COWAN AWARD RECIPIENTS
Joshua R. Sanes
Fred H. Gage
Mary Beth Hatten
Special Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward G. (Ted) Jones
Thomas M. Jessell
Carla J. Shatz
PALAY AWARD RECIPIENTS
Ann M. Graybiel
Kristen M. Harris
Special Palay Lifetime Achievement Award: Floyd E. Bloom
John H. Morrison
Ray Guillery Jon Kaas
Harvey J. Karten
Tomas Hokfelt Kjell Fuxe