Rui Costa, Champalimaud Research Director, has been awarded the Ariëns Kappers Medal
On Tuesday, 27 June 2017, Portuguese neuroscientist Rui Costa, principal investigator and Director of Champalimaud Research, received the Ariëns Kappers Medal from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, at a ceremony held at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN).
This distinction was awarded to Champalimaud Research investigator Rui Costa, as announced by the NIN, for the relevance of his findings in the field of movement control, in particular, the critical mechanisms in basal ganglia that are responsible for the initiation and control of voluntary movements.
All diseases affecting the basal ganglia - Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Tourette's syndrome, etc. - have a common feature: patients are unable to control their movements. “His fundamental research provides a basis to develop novel strategies to treat disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive conditions," adds the NIN.
After the award ceremony, which took place at the NIN, Rui Costa gave a lecture on "Generating and Shaping novel action repertoires."
In 1999, Portuguese neuroscientist António Damásio also received the Ariëns Kappers medal, which has been awarded since 1987 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The name of the award is associated with the first Director (1908-1946) of the Central Institute for Brain Research – which later became the NIN – Dutch neurologist Cornelius Ubbo Ariëns Kappers.