Rockefeller’s Winrich Freiwald wins the 2024 Kavli Prize for Neuroscience; His Work Has Advanced the Study of Facial Recognition

Winrich Freiwald, PhD

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded Rockefeller’s Winrich Freiwald, PhD, the 2024 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Freiwald, the Denise A. and Eugene W. Chinery Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Neural Systems at Rockefeller, is being honored for his discovery of a specialized system in the brain’s neocortex that is responsible for recognizing faces. He shares the award with MIT’s Nancy Kanwisher, PhD, with whom he did his postdoc, and UC Berkeley’s Doris Tsao, PhD, with whom he collaborated to combine brain imaging studies and recordings of individual face-processing neurons in the macaque brain—work that built on Kanwisher’s earlier findings.

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