Svendsen receives international award

Clive Svendsen, PhD, was honored by the International Academy for Child Brain Development with its highest award, the Statuette with Pedestal. The award acknowledges exceptional contributions to the study of human development and is presented each spring at the annual dinner of the World Organization for Human Potential, held on the campus of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

In a statement about the work of Svendsen, the academy cites his achievement in stem cell research:  “His pioneering work in metabolic processes, brain repair, and stem cell culture has led to advances that hold hope for millions of people. In a politically contentious field, his extraordinary ability to teach others has led to greater understanding and acceptance in the broader community.”

Recipients of this award have specialized in the areas of anthropology, zoology, genetics, medicine, education, psychology, economics, government, bacteriology, ethnology, and philosophy.  Some of the recipients of this honor since its inception in 1956 include: Jonas Salk (1964), Theodore Seuss Geisel (1970), Linus Pauling (1974), Benjamin Spock (1976), Jonathan Miller (1985), & Yehudi Menuhin (1989).

In addition to directing the Svendsen Laboratory at the Waisman Center Stem Cell Research Program and a member of the Waisman Center’s Molecular and Genetic Sciences Group, Svendsen is also a Professor of Anatomy and Neurology.