The Society for Neuroscience has awarded neuroscientist Abhilasha Joshi its Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, which recognizes “young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting.” The award is supported by the Gruber Foundation and includes a $25,000 prize and travel to the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. The award announcement highlights Joshi’s work on the ties between locomotion and memory in rodents, which has implications for better understanding the links between cognitive and motor deficits in healthy aging and aging-associated disorders.
Joshi is currently a visiting researcher at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2022, Joshi became one of the first Transition to Independence Fellows of the Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain. She plans to investigate how neural activity related to cognition synchronizes with locomotion and how it changes with normal aging in rodents. The fellowship supports exceptional neuroscientists from historically underrepresented backgrounds and helps facilitate their transition to independent research.