One laureate in each of the three Blavatnik Awards categories - Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry - will each receive a prize of US$100,000, and two finalists in each category will each receive US$30,000. The Blavatnik Awards in the UK are the largest unrestricted cash prizes available exclusively to young scientists in the UK.
Professor Timothy Behrens of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences has been named as 2019 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Finalists for Life Sciences. Professor Behrens’s work has uncovered mechanisms used by the human brain to represent our world, make decisions, and control our behaviour. An understanding of how our neurons function in networks to control behaviour is fundamental to our understanding of the brain, and has implications for neural network computing, artificial intelligence, and the treatment of mental and cognitive disorders.