Glass Brain Award

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping has established an award to recognize lifetime achievement by leading researchers using or facilitating neuroimaging to discover original and influential findings regarding the organization and function of the human brain.

Award Criteria

  1. Nominee must have been visibly engaged in OHBM activities
  2. Nominee must have evidence of extraordinary lifetime accomplishments in the field of human brain mapping
  3. The nominee must be over the age of 40
  4. The nominee must be present to accept the award given out at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping being held June 26-30, 2020 in Montreal, Canada
  5. No self-nominations are allowed.
  6. Please note:  Current OHBM elected leadership are ineligible to receive OHBM Awards. 

Nomination Process
Nominations for the Glass Brain Award should include a letter of nomination outlining the nominee’s lifetime accomplishments as well as an abbreviated curriculum vita (no more than two pages) of the nominee. Additional letters of support are not required but may add to the strength of the nomination.  Nominators are required to collate all nomination materials into one single PDF document (no more than five pages total) to be uploaded here.

Please submit all required nomination information here by October 31, 2019.

Review Process
The OHBM Council is charged with the selection of the Glass Brain Award recipient and will meet after the submission deadline to review the award criteria and discuss each nominee.  The Council will then vote electronically on their top ranked candidates. If needed, the Council will meet again to discuss any split decisions and make a final selection. The award recipient will be notified in February 2020.  The award recipient will not be announced until the Opening Ceremonies at the Annual Meeting.    

The award recipient will be provided with an OHBM Glass Brain Award, gratis Annual Meeting registration, coach travel, and two nights lodging at the host hotel.

Questions? Please direct them to the OHBM Executive Office at

Past Glass Brain recipients include:

2019: Rome, Italy
Alan Evans, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering
McGill University, Canada

2018: Singapore
Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD
Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Center for Cognitive Neurosciences
UCLA School of Medicine, USA

2017: Vancouver, Canada
David Van Essen, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience Department, Washington University School of Medicine

2016:  Geneva, Switzerland
Karl Friston, FRS, FMedSci, FSB
Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
Professor, Institute of Neurology, University College London

2015: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Marcus E. Raichle, MD
Alan A. & Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor in Medicine
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine

2014: Hamburg, Germany
Karl Zilles
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Jülich, Germany

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