Congratulations to the 2018 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science, Dr. Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Brown's outstanding achievements have earned him the distinction of being one of only 21 people elected to all three branches of the National Academies of Science. He is considered the "world's expert on statistical analysis of neuronal data," according to CMU faculty nominator Robert E. Kass, and his research on anesthesia has been "truly transformative" to that field.
Tomorrow's Dickson Prize in Science lecture has been canceled due to the extreme cold temperatures. The event will be rescheduled.
Lecture: The Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is a neurophysiological state in which a patient is rendered unconscious, insensitive to pain, amnestic and immobile, while being maintained physiologically stable. General anesthesia has been administered in the U.S. for more than 170 years, and daily, more than 700,000 people worldwide receive general anesthesia for surgery and invasive diagnostic procedures. The advent of general anesthesia transformed surgery from trauma and butchery to a humane and often life-saving therapy. The mechanism by which anesthetic drugs create the stated general anesthesia has been considered one of the most significant mysteries of modern medicine.