Lim Awarded Prestigious Lindsley
Prize for Behavioral Neuroscience Research
At its meeting Nov. 14, the Society for Neuroscience
recognized CBN postdoctoral fellow Miranda Lim, PhD,
for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in behavioral
neuroscience with the 2005 Donald B. Lindsley Prize.
Lim’s dissertation, titled "Neural Mechanisms
Underlying Pair Bond Formation in Vole Species," identified
the role of the vasopressin receptor in the formation
of social bonds between animals.
Lim, an Emory University MD/PhD candidate, was
mentored by CBN affiliation collaboratory head Larry
Young, PhD, a research scientist at Yerkes National
Primate Research Center and a faculty member of the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
at Emory University’s School of Medicine, and
Thomas Insel, MD, director of the National Institute
of Mental Health (NIHM) and former CBN director.
NIMH funded Lim’s research.
Lim’s current research focuses on the role
of corticotropin-releasing factor in the neural control
of pair bond formation. She also is examining the
molecular and structural changes that take place
in the brain during social experiences over a lifetime.
Lim hypothesizes similar neural mechanisms underlie
learning, drug addiction and pair bond formation.
Lim completed her doctoral degree in March 2004
and plans to pursue a neurology residency after earning
her medical doctorate in May 2006.
The Lindsley Prize is named after the late Donald
Lindsley, a neuroscientist who published some 250
scientific papers during his career and facilitated
one of the first mass exchanges of information on
brain electrophysiology between the Soviet Union
and the United States.