Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski who has been selected the inaugural winner of The Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM) Early Career Award. This award was established to recognize outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers that have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural control of movement.
The members of the Society note that Andrew's intellectual contributions have ranged from feedback control of the upper limb motion to how peripheral tactile neurons extract complex features during touch. As a graduate student, his work focused on feedback control and he convincingly showed that primary motor cortex contributes to integrative corrective actions. In addition, as a postdoc, Andrew demonstrated that the encoding of touch information involved complex receptive fields, activated by particular dynamic features. Andrew's current work, effectively integrates his expertise to explore the interaction between motor behavior and sensory perception when reaching, grasping and manipulating objects.
The award will be presented at the 28th annual conference of the Society, held at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder in Santa Fe, New Mexico from May 1-4, 2018. Andrew will present the Early Career Lecture at the meeting.