During the Forum of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) held July 10-14, 2004, in Lisbon, the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award was presented for the second time. Boehringer Ingelheim donates the 25.000 Euro award to young European scientists for exceptional research in the neurosciences.
The Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2004, which consists of both a certificate and prize money, was given to the 38-year-old Dr. Isabelle Mansuy for her outstanding studies on molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. "It is a great honour for me to receive this award. I deeply appreciate the recognition of our work" said Dr. Mansuy, who currently conducts research at the Institute of Cell Biology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. "The results of our research contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms of learning and memory formation and may open new ways to therapy against dementia and cognitive impairment in the future", she added.
Through her pioneering work in the area of synaptic plasticity and learning using an inducible expression system, Dr. Isabelle Mansuy has had an important impact on European research in the neurosciences. Her work serves as impressive proof of the suitability of inducible expression of transgenes in the mammalian brain to elucidate mechanisms underlying memory.
The prize was presented by Professor Dieter Hinzen, Head of Boehringer Ingelheim's largest research and development centre in Biberach an der Riss in Germany: "By sponsoring the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award, Boehringer Ingelheim demonstrates its commitment to central nervous system research. This emphasises our support for basic research in neurosciences, leading to scientific progress and the development of therapeutic innovations," Professor Hinzen said. The speech in Dr. Mansuy's honour was delivered by Professor Pierre J. Magistretti, then President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).