New York, NY — Emmy-award winning journalist Charlie Rose will receive the inaugural Dana Public Outreach Award for his commitment to educating the public about the importance of brain research through his broadcasting work. This newly created award is given by The Dana Foundation in recognition of an individual's contribution to educating the public about the progress and promise of brain research, and is accompanied by a $25,000 prize. It will be presented to Rose by Nobel laureate and neuroscientist Eric Kandel at a Dana Foundation reception in November during the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC.
"As people around the globe celebrate brain research during Brain Awareness Week, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on someone who has promoted neuroscience for many years," said Edward Rover, chairman and president of The Dana Foundation. "Through his captivating television interviews with neuroscientists, Charlie Rose informs a wide audience about important brain topics in an accessible way, which is something we strive to accomplish and recognize at The Dana Foundation."
Rose is anchor and executive editor of "Charlie Rose," the nightly one-hour program that engages in one-on-one, in-depth conversations and round-table discussions, and the newly launched "Charlie Rose: The Week," chronicling the best stories and interviews of the past seven days. He also co-anchors "CBS This Morning," is a correspondent for "60 Minutes" and occasionally anchors on the "CBS Evening News."
Since 1991, Rose has counted more than 80 notable neuroscientists among his television guests; in 2009, he launched "The Brain Series" on PBS, with co-host Kandel, inviting leading physicians and scientists to discuss biology, behavior, and the brain. There have been 32 programs so far; the videos can be viewed for free on the Charlie Rose website.
"In 'The Brain Series,' Charlie has not only advocated educating the public on the importance and applicability of science, but he has made it clear that in a democratic society we cannot function without being informed about the political and scientific issues that surround us," said Kandel.
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. Through its year-round outreach, it is committed to disseminating information about the brain in an understandable and accessible manner.
Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of hundreds of universities, hospitals, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, government agencies, service organizations, and K-12 schools around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain.