On May 7th , in Copenhagen, the 2015 Lundbeck Brain Prize was awarded to four laureates – Winfried Denk, Arthur Konnerth, Karel Svoboda and David T. Tank – for “the invention, refinement and use of two-photon microscopy to provide detailed, dynamic images of activity in individual nerve cells, dendrites and synapses, thereby transforming the study of development, plasticity and functional circuitry of the brain”.
To put the matter in simple words, “thanks to these four scientists, we’re now able to study the normal brain’s development and attempt to understand what goes wrong when we’re affected by destructive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia” Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen, chairman of the Grete Lundbeck European Brain research Foundation, said in a statement.
This € 1 million prize is the world’s most valuable prize for neuroscience research. It is awarded once a year to still active scientists, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to European neuroscience.

For more information on Lundbeck Brain Prize and more particularly two-photon microscopy, see the full press release.