Past Recipients

The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute'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."


Alan Alda

Alan Alda, Emmy Award Winner

For his work educating the public about brain issues, through his hosting and acting talents.


Guy McKhann, MD, and Marilyn Albert, PhD

Marilyn Albert, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at 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, MD

Eric R. Kandel, MD, University Professor & Kavli Professor of Brain Science, Columbia University

For his groundbreaking research revealed what happens in the brain when memories are formed.


Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

For her research in manic-depressive illness and her candor over her struggles with the illness.


Charlie Rose

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.


James Watson

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.


Ted Stevens

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

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

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.


Roone Arledge

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.


Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace, former correspondent for 60 Minutes

For his efforts to remove the stigma associated with depression.


President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan

For their openness regarding the former President’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease.