Traub, a neuroscientist internationally renowned for his detailed modelling of signal processing of neurons, will spend part of the year in Germany doing research on brain waves unable to be seen by regular EEG recordings. “I’m extremely honoured to have been selected by my peers,” said Traub, whose specialty is in realistic and detailed modelling of brain waves and seizures. During his yearlong research, Traub said that he would be studying the mechanisms of a phenomenon called “sharp-wave ripples”: “I am going to examine technical issues related to the simulation of very large networks of neurons on a parallel computer, said Traub. “I will be searching for ways that transgenic mice can be designed that shed light on the mechanisms of seizures and oscillations.”

The Humboldt award is the highest prize Germany awards to about 100 foreign scientists. All over the world, it is considered a substantial achievement to be a Humboldt Laureate. It offers up to $1 million to outstanding non-German researchers from all disciplines to spend four years tracking down new knowledge with their own research teams in Germany.

Traub, who is credited with several breakthroughs in neuroscience, received his A.B. in 1967 in Mathematics from Princeton University. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.D. in 1972. He completed his internship in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania a year later. In 1981 he completed his residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Traub has dedicated his work to finding a new approach to treat and cure epilepsy, an illness that affects more than one million people in the United States and millions more across the world.; Source: SUNY Downstate Medical Center