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  • Recognizing Dr. Ron Davis for Being Awarded the Prestigious Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award

    by Representative Patrick Murphy

    Posted on 2013-02-27

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    MURPHY of florida in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Mr. MURPHY of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor Dr. Ron Davis, who as chair of the Neuroscience Department of the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has made exceptional contributions to the field of neuroscience and the treatment of neurological diseases. For his work on the complex biology of memory formation and the disorders that disrupt it, Dr. Davis has recently been awarded the prestigious $3.5 million Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award.

    This award was first mandated by an act of Congress in 1983. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an agency within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awards this special merit grant to persons with a history of outstanding talent, imagination and distinguished scientific achievement within the field of neurological science. This is the second grant Dr. Davis has received from NINDS, showing his dedication to neuroscience research for over 30 years. Currently, Dr. Davis is an affiliate professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1979.

    I am extremely proud of the research conducted by Dr. Davis and Scripps Florida, which Florida's 18th district is proud to be home to. TSRI is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. Over the past decades, TSRI has developed a lengthy track record of major contributions to science and health, including laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. This new study by Dr. Davis will focus on an area of memory formation that has remained relatively enigmatic--the role that active forgetting plays in learning and memory. I look forward to the advancements gained through this new research in the next four years and beyond.

    Mr. Speaker, the work of Dr. Davis is truly admirable and I am honored to recognize his accomplishments here today. I thank him for his lifetime of contributions to the field of neuroscience and offer my support of his continued research in the field.


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