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Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness 2005-2006

The Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Mind Science Foundation extend our congratulations to the following Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators who are recipients of the "Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness - 2005/2006".

The Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness represent the first step of a comprehensive, long term strategy designed to raise awareness and levels of funding for one of the major unsolved questions in modern science: how consciousness arises in human beings. 
These Awards are in the form of grants supporting leading-edge research focused on the brain/mind and human consciousness by internationally renowned scientists, physicians and scholars whose work has previously been published in a peer-reviewed journal and/or book.

Proposals for the Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness are by Private Invitation only.


2005/2006 Research Awardees:

Comparing the Distributed Pattern of Neural Activation in Response to Perceptual Events With and Without Awareness
Jonathan Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Anne Treisman, Ph.D.
Aaron Schurger, Ph.D.
Princeton University


Blindsight: An Investigation of Consciousness
V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D.
Diane Rogers-Ramachandran, Ph.D.
Lindsay Shenk
Shai David Azoulai
Lisa Williams
UCSD – Center for Brain and Cognition


Control Over the Neural Substrates Mediating the Conscious Experience of Pain Using Real Time fMRI
Allan L. Reiss, M.D.
Fumiko Maeda, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine


The Effects of Trace Fear Conditioning on the Survival and Responsiveness of Adult Newborn Neurons in the Dentate Gyrus
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
Ayumu Tashiro, Ph.D.
Salk Institute


Self-Consciousness in the Vegetative State and the Minimally Conscious State: A Multimodal Functional Neuroimaging Assessment of Patients’ Cerebral Reactivation When Hearing Their Own Name
Steven Laureys, M.D., Ph.D.
Pierre Maquet, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Liege, Belgium


In Vitro Study of Consciousness and Neuronal Assemblies
Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, Ph.D.
Oxford University


Tracking the Footprints of Visual Consciousness Using Functional Brain Imaging of a Bistable Illusion
Christof Koch, Ph. D.
Farshad Moradi, M.D., Ph.D. Candidate
Constanze Hofstotter, Ph.D. Candidate
Institute of Neuroinformatics
Zurich, Switzerland


Individual and Generic Aspects of Dream Consciousness
J. Allan Hobson, M.D.
David Kahn, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Robin Abrahams, Ph.D.
Emmanuel College


An Investigation of the Conscious and Unconscious Control of Fear
James Blascovich, Ph.D.
Andrew C. Beall, Ph.D.
UC – Santa Barbara, Center for Virtual Environments


Predicting the Contents of Consciousness
Geraint Rees, Ph.D.
John Haynes, Ph.D.
Oxford University
Uta Frith, Ph.D.
University College London


A Study of Empathy in Medical Education
Abraham Verghese, M.D.
Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities,
University of Texas Health Science Center


The Role of Contemplative Practices in Reducing and Resisting Implicit Bias
Mahzarin R. Banaji, Ph.D.
Scott Akalis, Ph.D. Candidate
Havard University
Jhansi Nannapaneni, Ph.D.
Andhra University


Qualitative Differences and Levels of Consciousness
J. Michael Snodgrass, Ph.D.
Howard Shevrin, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Medical Center


Measuring the effectiveness of mindfulness-based approaches in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D.
Susan Lee Smalley, Ph.D.
Lidia Zylowska, M.D.
T. Sigi Hale, Ph.D.
UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics


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Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness – 2004
Principal Investigators
Co–Investigators Matrix of Awardees Historical MSF Research

Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, D.Phil.

Press Release 2004

  • First woman to act as Director of the prestigious Royal Institution of Great Britain (Est. 1799)
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, where she leads a team researching the novel neuronal mechanisms common to both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
  • Listed as one of the "50 most powerful women in Britain" (The Guardian), and as one of the "50 Most Inspirational Women in the World" (Harpers and Queen).
  • Holds 18 honorary degrees, and in 1998 was awarded the Michael Faraday medal by the Royal Society.
  • A prolific writer and commentator, she presented a 6-part BBC series on the brain and mind in 2001.
  • Books: Journey to the Centres of the Mind: Toward a Science of Consciousness, The Private Life of the Brain, and The Human Brain: A Guided Tour
  • http://www.sirc.org/about/susan_greenfield.html

J. Allan Hobson, MD



Christof Koch, PhD


  • Received his PhD in West Germany at the Max-Planck-Institut for Biological Cybernetics
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Currently, the Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology
  • Has worked with Nobel Laureate Dr. Francis Crick on long-term research efforts to discover and characterize the neuronal correlates of consciousness For a recent summary of their ideas, see the article "Consciousness and Neuroscience" that appeared in the journal Cerebral Cortex. Drs. Koch and Crick have also written a brief essay for an encyclopedia on their general approach to consciousness.
  • Currently working on a 13-minute long animated movie traveling through the visual system, from the retina to deep into the cortex
  • Books: Published in January 2004 -- The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach
  • Homepage: http://www.klab.caltech.edu/~koch/

Fred H. Gage, PhD

  • Currently, professor and researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, LaJolla, California
  • PhD in Neuroscience, John Hopkins University, 1976
  • Awards include the Christopher Reeves Medal, a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, a Decade of the Brain Medal, and a National Academy of Science Award in 2003
  • When nominated by Time Magazine as a TIME 100: The Next Wave Innovator, the magazine wrote:  "By showing that adult brains can grow new nerve cells he stood neurobiological dogma on its head. Now Fred Gage is trying to determine whether behavior can rewire brains." http://www.time.com/time/innovators/science/profile_gage.html
  • His Davos Profile is at: http://hdlighthouse.org/see/research/gage.htm

Abraham Verghese, MD, MFA., DSc (Hon.)


  • Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Books: My Own Country: A Doctor's Story (finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards, 1994; later made into a movie), The Tennis Partner: A Story of Friendship and Loss  (national best seller)
  • Graduated from Madras Medical College in India, trained at East Tennessee State, Fellow at Boston University
  • In 1990-91, received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he attended the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Murray Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Texas Tech in El Paso
  • Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Infectious Diseases
  • http://www.texashumanities.org/Verghese.html
  • Biographical article and video

Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, PhD

  • PhD from Stanford University, 1974
  • Currently, Associate Clinical Professor, Psychology Department, University of California-Berkeley
  • With Brenda Dunne and Dr. Robert Jahn (PEAR/ICRL), worked on aspects
    of Coincidence Theory, among the "67 most exciting new ideas for 2003"
    (New York Times Magazine 12-14-03)
  • Internationally renowned as a researcher, clinician, and author of papers on female development, clinical technique, the nature of science, and intuition.
  • An accomplished contralto who received her musical education at the Mannes College of Music and at Harvard University;  Founder and Artistic Director, Bay Area's Christmas Revels
  • Books: Extraordinary Knowing: Making Sense of the Inexplicable in Everyday Life.
  • http://www.levinegreenberg.com/Moreinfo.asp?idty=368

Steven Laureys, MD, PhD


  • Received his PhD in Medical Science from the University of Li�ge
  • Neurologist at the Cyclotron Research Center, University of Li�ge, Belgium
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique post-doctoral researcher
  • Main area of research is the brain imaging of cognitive processes that have an impairment in consciousness—such as patients in a coma, in a vegetative state, in a minimally conscious state or with a 'locked-in' syndrome.
  • Prolific writer, with scholarly contributions in more than 70 journals within the last 7 years. Chapter in book: Sleep and Brain Plasticity
  • http://www.ulg.ac.be/crc/en/slaureys.html

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