Alt Text
Office of Neuroscience Research > Education and Events > Annual Neuroscience Retreat > Thach Award

Thach Award

William Thomas (Tom) Thach, MD, was a longstanding member of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.  Tom was a pioneering researcher on the function of the cerebellum, a part of the brain responsible for coordination of movement.  He was recognized internationally for his scientific contributions.  He was a beloved mentor and friend to many neuroscience post-docs.  Tom loved hiking, camping, canoeing, hunting, reading literature and poetry, hosting feasts of wild game, and playing music with family, friends, and post-docs in his band Taum Sauk.  He is long-remembered for his contribution to the aesthetic of numerous Neuroscience Retreats, providing live vocals and strings.

For more details on Tom's life, click here.

The Tom Thach Award was initiated in 2014 as a way to honor Tom’s contribution to science and to the Neuroscience Retreats.  Grad students and post docs are eligible to compete, and winners are chosen from presentations at the Annual Neuroscience Retreat (one winner from the talks, and one winner from the posters).  The talk competition and poster competition are evaluated by separate panels of faculty members, chosen to achieve broad representation of expertise/scientific approach on each panel.  These awards are made possible by support from the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience, and the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology.

Winners of the Thach Awards


Short Talks: Alex Russo (student, Neuroscience Program) 
"Highwire promotes efficient synaptic transmission at the larval NMJ by targeting dNMNAT"

Posters: Kelly Hill (student, Neuroscience program)
"Influence of Neurogenesis Timing on Cerebellar Circuitry"
Poster Finalists:
Jen-Chun (Jim) Hsiang (student, Neuroscience program)
“Local processing in neurites of VGluT3-expressing amacrine cells differentially organizes visual information”
Aaron D. Mickle, PhD (post doc)
“Closed Loop Wireless Monitoring and Optogenetic Modulation of Bladder Function”
Monica Xiong (student, Neuroscience program)
“Anti-apoE antibodies reduced amyloid pathology by active recruitment of microglia in APPPS1- 21/apoE4 mice”
Dezhuang Ye (student, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science program)
“Focused ultrasound-enabled delivery of radiolabeled nanoclusters to the pons”


Short Talks: Xitong Liang (student, Neuroscience Program)
"Neural mechanisms transform synchronized circadian timing into multiple daily outputs"

Posters: Yang Shi (student, Neuroscience program)
"Effect of ApoE on tau pathogenesis and tau-mediated neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease"


Short Talks: Elinor Harrison (student, Movement Science Program)
“Feasibility of Singing to Improve Gait Measures in Parkinson’s Disease”

Posters:  Andrew Kraft (student, Neuroscience Program)
“Sensory deprivation following cortical focal ischemia facilitates remapping and accelerates behavioral recovery”


Short Talks: Matheus Victor (student, Neuroscience Program)
“Generation of Human Striatal Neurons by MicroRNA-Dependent Direct Conversion of Fibroblasts”