INS Laird Cermack Award Recipients

This award honors the contributions of Dr. Laird Cermak and recognizes the impact he has had in the area of memory and memory disorders. The prize is awarded at the Society’s Annual and Mid-Year Meetings for the best research presented in the area of memory or memory disorders. The recipient is selected at the discretion of each Program Chair. No formal application is necessary.

* Award recipients receive an honorarium of $500 USD.


Alana Batista
Alana Batista
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2019 Mid-Year Meeting
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – July 10-12, 2019

Everyday memory deficits after stroke typically involve problems in associating different stimuli, such as faces and names. Therefore, Mnemonic Strategy Training (MST) could reduce the impact of these deficits in this group of patients. The goal of the present study was to investigate the far and near-transfer effects of MST in patients with Chronic Left Ischemic Stroke patients (CLIS).

Joanna Ciafone
Joanna Ciafone
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2018 Mid-Year Meeting
Prague, Czech Republic – July 18-20, 2018

Efforts are being made to identify dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), the second commonest cause of neurodegenerative dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in the Mild Cognitive Impairment phase (MCI-LB), during which intervention on the disease processes would likely be most successful. Few studies have targeted this group and the cognitive profile of prodromal DLB is therefore unclear. The present study aims to elucidate the neuropsychology of DLB in the MCI phase (MCI-LB) relative to MCI due to AD (MCI-AD) and healthy controls.

Karen Blackmon
Karen Blackmon
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 46th Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C, USA – February 14-17, 2018

MRI-negative temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) may be a distinct syndrome from TLE with mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS). Common imaging and neuropsychological features of TLE with MTS are well known; yet, distinguishing features in MRI-negative TLE are only beginning to be described. This study aims to identify quantitative MRI markers of memory impairment in MRI-negative TLE.

Eddy Larouche
Eddy Larouche
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2017 Mid-Year Meeting
Cape Town, South Africa – July 5-8, 2017

The diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease is based on perceived and objective memory decline. It is still unclear whether older adults with MCI retain sufficient meta-awareness to evaluate their own memory capacities accurately. All previous studies addressing meta-awareness in MCI used cross-sectional designs. This study aimed at investigating the association between the evolution of objective and subjective memory in a longitudinal clinical trial. Forty-one participants with MCI were enrolled in a randomized-controlled trial comparing two non-pharmacological interventions, one based on mindfulness, the other on psychoeducation about memory in aging.

Sharon Simon
Sharon Simon
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 45th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – February 1-4, 2017

To evaluate the efficacy of mnemonic strategy training (MST) versus an active education control program (EP) in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

Charlotte Russell
Charlotte Russell
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2016 Mid-Year Meeting
London, England, UK – July 6-8, 2016

Best Submission In Memory Or Memory Disorders

Brianne Bettcher
Brianne Bettcher
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 44th Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – February 3-6, 2016

Accumulating evidence suggests that inflammatory processes play a role in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Despite this established association, little is known about how inflammation-related genes relate to memory function in the earliest stages of pathogenesis. We hypothesized that pro- and anti-inflammatory single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) would independently predict memory function in Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Rachel Buckley
Rachel Buckley
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2015 Mid-Year Meeting
Sydney, Australia – July 1-4, 2015

Crystal Baker
Crystal Baker
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 43rd Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado, USA – February 4-7, 2015

The current study examined in musicians and nonmusicians the possibility of a subsidiary tonal system, in addition to the phonological loop and visuospatial sketchpad, for processing musical information within Baddeley’s multicomponent working memory model.

Yoni Pertzov
Yoni Pertzov
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2014 Mid-Year Meeting
Jerusalem, Israel – July 9-11, 2014

It has been suggested that objects are maintained as integrated units in working memory and when forgotten they are lost as a whole, without leaving any trace. To study the relevance of this claim to real-life situations, we investigated how object-location information is remembered – and forgotten.

Lynn Oelke
Lynn Oelke
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 42nd Annual Meeting
Seattle, Washington, USA – February 12-15, 2014

Presented for the Best Submission in Memory Research

Source Memory and Generation Effects in Parkinson’s Disease

Bonnie van Geldorp
Bonnie van Geldorp
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2013 Mid-Year Meeting
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – July 10-13, 2013

Presented for the Best Submission in Memory Research

Relational and Conjunctive Working Memory Binding across Age

Muireann Irish
Muireann Irish
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 41st Annual Meeting
Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA – February 6-9, 2013

I-Wen Chen
I-Wen Chen
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2012 Mid-Year Meeting
Oslo, Norway – June 27-30, 2012

Christina Wierenga
Christina Wierenga
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 40th Annual Meeting
Montreal, Quebec, Canada – February 15-18, 2012

Victoria Martin
Victoria Martin
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2011 Mid-Year Meeting
Auckland, New Zealand – July 6-9, 2011

Jessica Payne
Jessica Payne
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 39th Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – February 2-5, 2011

Benjamin Hampstead
Benjamin Hampstead
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2010 Mid-Year Meeting
Krakow, Poland – June 30-3, 2010

Nathan Hantke
Nathan Hantke
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 38th Annual Meeting
Acapulco, Mexico – February 3-6, 2010

Pauline Spaan
Pauline Spaan
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2009 Mid-Year Meeting
Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia – July 29-1, 2009

Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 37th Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia, USA – February 11-14, 2009

Marianna Banassi-Werke
Marianna Banassi-Werke
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2008 Mid-Year Meeting
Buenos Aires, Argentina – July 2-5, 2008

Michael Seidenberg
Michael Seidenberg
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 36th Annual Meeting
Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA – February 6-9, 2008

Sandra Lehmann
Sandra Lehmann
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2007 Mid-Year Meeting
Bilbao, Spain – July 4-7, 2007

Roy Kessels
Roy Kessels
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS INS 34th Annual Meeting
USA, Boston, Massachusetts – February 1-4, 2006

Feature Binding in Memory: A comparison of “what, where and when” in young and older adults

My study systematically compare age-related decline in item/context memory for single features with context memory for multiple features (in which information has to be integrated). The results showed an overall context-memory deficit for spatial and temporal information rather than a specific binding deficit in older adults.

Klemens Gutbrod
Klemens Gutbrod
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2006 Mid-Year Meeting
Zurich, Switzerland – July 26-29, 2006

Hans J. Markowitsch
Hans J. Markowitsch
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2005 Mid-Year Meeting
Dublin, Ireland – July 6-9, 2005

Paula Alhola
Paula Alhola
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 2003 Mid-Year Meeting
Berlin, Germany – July 16-20, 2003

Carrie McDonald
Carrie McDonald
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 31st Annual Meeting
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – February 5-8, 2003

Leslie Baxter
Leslie Baxter
Laird S. Cermak Award Recipient
INS 30th Annual Meeting
Toronto, Canada – February 13-16, 2002