At the motor confluence of three 20th century giants: Following the footsteps of Nikolai Bernstein, Donald Hebb and Karl Lashley
Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, MD, PhD is Regents Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his degrees from the University of Athens, Greece. He trained in neurophysiology with Dr. Vernon B. Mountcastle, at Johns Hopkins University, where he rose to the rank of Full Professor of Neuroscience in 1986. Dr. Georgopoulos pioneered the application of analyses of neuronal populations to decipher the brain mechanisms underlying the planning of movement and cognitive operations, such as mental rotation, memory scanning, copying shapes, and mental object construction using neurophysiological and functional brain imaging techniques, including magnetoencepahlography and functional brain imaging. Dr. Georgopoulos is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Athens, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is the recipient of the American Legion Distinguished Service Medal-2017, the Immigrant of Distinction Award of the American Association of Immmigration Lawyers-2017, the Bernstein International Prize for Motor Control-2015, the Cozzarelli Prize of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA-2012, the Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize, Paris, France-2009, the Krieg Cortical Discoverer Award, Cajal Club, USA-2006, the Santiago Grisolia Chair, Valencia, Spain-2003, the Carnegie Centenary Professorship, The Carnegie trust for the Universities of Scotland-2002, the George Morgan Award for Creativity and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Education, Brown University, Providence, RI-1997, the King Solomon Israel Prize in Neuroethology-1996, and the Arturo Rosenbluth Professorship, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Mexico City, Mexico-1991.