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Emory Professor Receives Humboldt Research Award

June 10, 2016

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Lisa Newbern or Robin Reese, 404-727-7709,

 Lary Walker, PhD, associate professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and an affiliate researcher at Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award.

The award is given by the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of a researcher whose discoveries or insights have had a significant impact on his or her field of study and who is expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

As a recipient of the award, Walker has been invited to spend up to one year collaborating with colleagues at a research institution in Germany. Walker will work with Mathias Jucker, PhD, professor of clinical brain research at the University of Tübingen, on new methods for studying Alzheimer’s disease-like changes in the brains of humans and animal models.

Awardees must be nominated by an established researcher in Germany or a previous award winner in order to be considered. The award is valued at 60,000 euros, or approximately $68,000.

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