Dr. Dora Angelaki, professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at BCM, has been awarded the inaugural Pradel Research Award in Neuroscience by the National Academy of Sciences.

The $50,000 award is being given to Angelaki in recognition of her discoveries on mechanisms of representation of vestibular sensory stimuli within the mammalian brain. Her work has clarified how vestibular and visual signals combine to mediate perception and to direct appropriate motor behaviors, which have important implications in the design of more effective therapies to treat disorders of balance and movement.

"I am deeply honored to be the first recipient of the Pradel Research Award in Neuroscience in recognition of our work," said Angelaki. "This prestigious award will directly benefit our research efforts and will also importantly further our mission of developing and promoting Neuroscience at BCM and the Texas Medical Center."

Angelaki is one of 17 other researchers, each receiving separate awards honoring their scientific achievements, that will be honored at a ceremony April 30 during the National Academy of Sciences’ 149th annual meeting.