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The Dickson Prize in Medicine

The Dickson Prize in Medicine is awarded annually to a leading American investigator who is engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research. Previous winners >

Great Science

2015 Dickson Prize Goes to Deisseroth

Prize is Pitt School of Medicine’s most prestigious annual award

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2015 Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Deisseroth is known for his pioneering research into brain circuitry. By studying neuro electrical signals and using high-resolution brain imaging techniques, Deisseroth continues to unmask what he calls “the syntax of the brain’s internal language.”

Dr. Deisseroth is the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and a Pasarow Foundation Award, and many other honors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Dr. Deisseroth will deliver the Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture on Thursday, October 8, as the opening plenary session for Science 2015, the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and research. To learn more, visit

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Annual Showcase

Science 2015—Unleashed!

Pitt’s annual science festival highlights the strengths of the University and the region in science, engineering, medicine, and computation, as well as the collective effect of research and advances in these fields on local economic development. Plans for Science 2015—Unleashed!, scheduled for October 7–9, are taking shape. To learn more, visit

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Choosing the Winners

Committee Members

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Winning Medal Performance

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