UC Irvine News Brief: Anatomy & neurobiology postdoc claims prestigious Cajal Club award

Csaba Varga wins the 2010 Cortical Explorer prize for discovering a new principle of cortical microcircuit organization.

Csaba Varga, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Cortical Explorer prize, awarded by the international Cajal Club. The prize, given for outstanding investigations within six years of obtaining a doctoral degree, recognizes Varga’s discovery of a new principle of cortical microcircuit organization – published in the July 2010 issue of Nature Neuroscience. He will receive the award at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego next month. The Cajal Club is a group of neuroscientists with special interests in the structure and function of the nervous system. It’s named in honor of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish Nobel laureate considered one of the fathers of modern neuroscience.