Wolf Honored with Prestigious Axelrod Prize

Marina Wolf

Congratulations to Dr. Marina Wolf, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, who was recently awarded the Julius Axelrod Prize by the Society for Neuroscience. The Society highlighted some of her many career achievements in a press release:

"Marina Wolf... pioneered the idea that synaptic plasticity is a mechanism fundamental to the development of substance use disorder. Her groundbreaking work has been at the forefront of understanding the persistence of vulnerability to drug craving and relapse even after long periods of abstinence. In the 1990’s, when the field was largely centered on dopamine, she championed a theory of addiction that focused on plasticity of glutamatergic synapses in the reward circuitry. Though the role of synaptic plasticity in addiction is now dogma, Wolf faced tremendous resistance at the time, a challenge she overcame by publishing rigorous papers... Wolf also demonstrates a career‐long commitment to graduate
education and mentoring... She has trained seventeen graduate students and fifteen postdoctoral fellows, over half of them women. She is a fierce advocate for her trainees and provides career‐long support while also fostering independence, self‐confidence, and self‐sufficiency. Her trainees are inspired by her work ethic and scientific and personal ideals, which have combined to yield such innovations in the field of neuropharmacology."

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The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is committed to ensuring that all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, staff, and faculty members are treated with dignity and respect. We understand that diversity enriches and improves the quality of research and ideas and creates an environment conducive to the development of novel, innovative solutions. We understand that a diverse representation in all levels of departmental functioning is key in promoting voices which might otherwise be silenced. We are committed individually and as a department to learning and growing so that we might continue to improve the ways in which we support diversity and respect, promote a welcoming environment, and abolish inequalities in all aspects of our work.  


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