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Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2019

Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2019

The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize awarded by the Hertie Foundation and FENS recognises the work of outstanding early career scientists in the field of neuroscience and helps advance their careers as researchers.

The Hertie Foundation and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) have announced the winner of the 2019 prize for early career neuroscientists: Misha B. Ahrens, PhD.

Born in The Netherlands in 1981, he studied mathematics and physics at Cambridge University. He did a PhD in computational neuroscience at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London, in the group of Prof. Maneesh Sahani and Prof. Jennifer Linden. He then worked as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in the lab of Prof. Florian Englert.

In 2012 he moved to Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to start his own lab. His lab works on understanding how behavior arises from information processing in distributed brain circuits, neuromodulatory systems, and glial cells of the zebrafish. His scientific work has been supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute et al. and has been awarded by The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain.

He was awarded by Prof. Kandel on 24 September 2019 in a ceremony in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He will aso give a lecture at the FENS Forum 2020 in Glasgow, UK.

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