Dana Alliance member Mahlon DeLong, M.D, professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, is a recipient of the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He received the $3 million prize for defining the interlocking circuits in the brain that malfunction in Parkinson’s disease.
“This was an most unexpected and pleasant surprise,” DeLong said. “I hope that all recognize the contributions of those who did much of the ‘heavy lifting’ underlying the research and that the award helps to underscore the importance of research and its rewards, both personal and societal.”
DeLong and the Dana Foundation have a long history together. In addition to his DABI membership, he has written about deep brain stimulation for Cerebrum (2009) and the Dana Progress Report on Brain Research (2008). We profiled him in 2009 (two parts), when he talked about the importance of the basal ganglia, and interviewed him for Parkinson’s Awareness Month last year.
DeLong was one of six winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. “The Breakthrough Prize is our effort to put the spotlight on these amazing heroes. Their work in physics and genetics, cosmology, neurology and mathematics will change lives for generations and we are excited to celebrate them,” commented Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and one the sponsors of the award.