The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize is awarded every second year to a researcher under the age of 35 in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions to any area of neuroscience. The awardee receives a personal prize of £ 7,000.
The 2016 FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize is equally shared between Lars Schwabe (University of Hamburg, Germany) and Jerry Chen (University of Zurich, Switzerland).
Having obtained his PhD in 2008 at the University of Trier and postdoctoral training at the Ruhr-University Bochum and McGill University, Lars Schwabe is professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hamburg.
His research focus is at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and endocrinology, and his research is primarily directed at the question how stressful experiences shape our memories and imprints changes in the contribution of anatomically and functionally distinct memory systems to behaviour.
Lars Schwabe is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in leading neuroscience and psychology journals and is recipient of several scientific awards for his research. Additionally, he was recently selected as a scholar of the recently established FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.
With a thesis investigating the basis for structural and synaptic plasticity of inhibitory circuits in the adult cortex, Jerry Chen obtained his PhD in 2010 in the Department of Biology at MIT under Prof. Elly Nedivi. Funded by a NSF International Research Fellowship Program, Dr. Chen currently holds a position as post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Fritjof Helmchen in the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich.
His research addresses the function of local and long-range cortical circuits in the neocortex during sensory-guided decision making by combining in vivo imaging technology with molecular and genetic tools in the awake-behaving animal. Dr. Chen hopes to bridge levels of understanding for how behaviour is generated in the central nervous system, from individual genes up to the entire brain.
Jerry Chen has published his research in very high impact journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron. He currently serves as a member of the Next Generation Leaders Advisory Council at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
The FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize is sponsored by Wiley (publisher of EJN) and will be presented to Prof. Schwabe and Dr. Chen at the FENS Forum 2016 in Copenhagen (2 – 6 July, 2016)