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HMNI's David Mahoney Prize is awarded every two years to individuals who excel at building a bridge between the public and the scientists dedicated to brain research.

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Steven Hyman, MD ’80, Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
For his efforts to increase investment in neuroscience and emerging genetic technologies.

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Alan Alda, Emmy Award Winner
For his work educating the public about brain issues, through his hosting and acting talents.

Guy McKhann left and Marilyn Albert right.2014 

Marilyn Albert, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Guy McKhann, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Founding Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins.
For their commitment to studying memory and aging.

Eric R Kandel, sitting looking to the side, smiling with a red bow tie, white shirt and black coat. 2012

Eric R. Kandel, MD, University Professor & Kavli Professor of Brain Science at Columbia University
For his groundbreaking research revealed what happens in the brain when memories are formed.

Kay Redfield Jamison, smiling with a black top on. 2010

Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
For her research in manic-depressive illness and her candor over her struggles with the illness.

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Charlie Rose, Emmy Award-winning journalist and talk show host for PBS
For helping to enlighten the nation on the importance of brain research through his frequent interviews with dedicated scientists in the field.

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James Watson, Nobel Prize recipient for the co-discovery of the structure of DNA
For being a leader among his peers by helping to identify ten achievable goals for brain research during the Decade of the Brain.

Stevens with a black suit jacket, blue shirt and tie on. 2004

Ted Stevens, former U.S. Senator from Alaska
For his advocacy among policy makers in Washington, D.C., for research on neurological disorders and for his pivotal contributions toward instituting the Decade of the Brain.

William Safire smiling with a light maroon button down shirt on. 2002

William Safire, former Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist for the New York Times
For his journalistic efforts to bring neuroscience to the world’s attention, which included highlighting the importance of brain research.

Larry King with a black sports coat and red bow tie.
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Larry King, Emmy Award-winning talk show host for CNN
For presenting information on brain health and brain disorders to his television audience and for keeping the public informed on the role brain research plays in finding effective treatments and therapies.

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Roone Arledge, former chairman of ABC News
For his role in raising awareness of neuroscience research by bringing the latest news of brain research to the public.

wallace, with purple tie and light blue collared shirt and suit jacket smiling. 1996

Mike Wallace, former correspondent for 60 Minutes
For his efforts to remove the stigma associated with depression.

President Reagan and Mrs. Ronald Reagan together smiling. 1995

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan
For their openness regarding the former President’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease.