The FENS EJN Award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience. The awardee receives a personal prize of £ 10,000.
In 2018, the FENS-EJN Award is presented to Prof. Silvia Arber for her excellent contributions to the understanding of mechanisms involved in function, assembly and plasticity of neuronal circuits controlling motor behaviour.
A Swiss scientist by origin, Dr. Arber obtained her PhD in 1995 from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University, Dr. Arber returned in 2000 to Basel where she holds a joint position as Professor of Neurobiology/Cell Biology and Deputy Director at the Briozentrum, University of Basel and Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.
In her research, Dr. Arber works to identify the principles by which neuronal circuits orchestrate accurate and timely control of motor behaviour. Using multi-facetted approaches combining genetic, molecular and behavioural techniques, her research has helped define how the nervous system produce a large repertoire of movement patterns, from locomotion to skilled forelimb tasks. These studies by Dr. Arber and her colleagues have uncovered the mechanisms that are involved in motor circuit assembly during development, as well as circuit plasticity during motor learning in health and disease.
Silvia Arber is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Academia Europea and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During her exceptional research career she has received numerous awards, including the National Latsis Prize (2003), the Friedrich Miescher Award (2008), the Otto Naegeli Prize for Medical Research (2014), Remedios Caro Almela Prize in Developmental Neurobiology (2015) and most recently the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.
The FENS-EJN Award is sponsored by Wiley (publisher of EJN) and will be presented to Prof. Dr. Arber at the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin (7 – 11 July 2018).