U of T researcher earns world’s richest prize for brain research

Graham Collingridge began work on his prize-winning discovery in long-term potentiation as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s. A University of Toronto scientist who specializes in the neurobiological underpinnings of memory and learning has won the world’s most valuable prize for brain research.Graham Collingridge, chair of U of T’s physiology department and a senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, is one of three researchers named on Tuesday as recipients of this year’s €1-million ($1.5-million Canadian) Brain Prize. The achievement is a first for any researcher based in Canada. It also comes with a certain degree of irony, given that Dr. Collingridge was recently turned down for funding by the federal government and other supporters of brain research in Canada.Dr.…

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