Emery Neal Brown

Harvard Medical School
Neurophysiologist; Educator
Biological Sciences
Emery N. Brown is the Edward Hood Professor of Medical Engineering and Professor of Computational Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School; and an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Brown is an anesthesiologist-statistician whose experimental research has made important contributions towards understanding the neuroscience of how anesthetics act in the brain to create the states of general anesthesia. His statistics research has developed signal processing algorithms to help understand how the brain represents and transmits information. He served on the NIH BRAIN Initiative Working Group, and is currently a member of the NIH Council of Councils, the NSF Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Scientific Advisory Committee for CURE Epilepsy. He is the recipient of an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, the Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Science and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Excellence in Research Award. Brown is a Guggenheim Fellow in Applied Mathematics, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IEEE. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and serves as a member of its Council.
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