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Georgopoulos named Regents Professor


The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has honored a leader in the Medical School’s Department of Neuroscience with its most distinguished faculty award.

In December, Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., was named a Regents Professor in recognition of his lifetime of work in how the brain plans and initiates movement. Georgopoulos, a professor of neuroscience, neurology, physiology, and psychiatry, is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the neural mechanisms underlying movement.

“Apostolos Georgopoulos is a visionary, world-class scientist who brings an active imagination to bear on some of the most important puzzles in neuroscience,” says University President Robert Bruininks.

This is just the latest prestigious honor for Georgopoulos. Last May he was appointed to the McKnight Presidential Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and in 2004 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He also holds the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Chair in Brain Science and is director of the Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

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