Jackson Wins Biophysical Society's Kenneth S. Cole Award
Madison, Wisconsin - Dr. Meyer Jackson, professor of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), has been named the winner of the Biophysical Society's 2012 Kenneth S. Cole Award.
The award is given annually to an investigator who has made a substantial contribution to understanding cell membrane biophysics.
Jackson is a nationally recognized expert on the workings of synapses, junctures where communication between nerve cells takes place. His group studies how neurotransmitter-filled vesicles inside synapses fuse with the cell membrane and how the entry of calcium triggers membrane fusion.
In addition to studying these pre-synaptic activities at the molecular and cellular levels, Jackson and his team also study questions about the nerve circuits that surround synapses.
Jackson has also been awarded the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award and Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Sloan, Basil O'Connor, Parke Davis and Humboldt awards.
He will receive the Cole award in February at the 56th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Diego. More than 6,000 scientists from around the world usually attend the meeting.
Kenneth S. Cole was an American biophysicist described by his peers as "a pioneer in the application of physical science to biology."
Jackson is also the K.S. Cole Professor of Neuroscience at the School of Medicine and Public Health. He chose Cole for his named professorship because he is an alumnus of the laboratory Cole founded at the NIH.
Date Published: 10/07/2011