SPIE Member Ed Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab) has been awarded the A.F. Harvey Engineering Research Prize in recognition of his contribution to the development of optogenetics.
The field combines light-based optical technologies and genetics to control the activity of neurons, enabling treatment of conditions resulting from a wide variety of brain disorders, such as epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Parkinson's disease.
Boyden has authored several papers for SPIE and served on committees for conferences on Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics and related topics.
The Harvey Prize is awarded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and includes a £300,000 award.
View Ed Boyden's BiOS Hot Topics presentation from SPIE Photonics West 2011.
View the SPIE Newsroom video with Boyden on his work in optogenetics.
Read the Guardian interview with Boyden.
Above, Ed Boyden speaks during the BiOS Hot Topics session at SPIE Photonics West 2011.