The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2008 awarded for the first time
This biennial prize donated by Wiley-Blackwell , publishers of EJN, is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience. This is a personal prize of 12.000 Euro.
This years recipient of the FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize is Dr. Thomas Klausberger, Senior Scientist at the Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit of the Medical Research Council in Oxford, UK.
Thomas Klausberger received the FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize for his major contributions to our understanding of the role of the GABAergic interneuronal networks to the generation and control of cortical oscillations.
In his current research he plans to widen his interest from the hippocampus to the medial prefrontal cortex and to determine the activity of identified neurons in relation to behaviour including working memory and decision making. This innovative and informative line of cortical research will continue to provide fascinating discoveries.
Dr. Thomas Klausberger graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1998. He stayed in Vienna to study the assembly of GABAA receptors with Prof. Werner Sieghart at the Brain Research Institute.
Following the award of his PhD in 2000, Thomas Klausberger joined the group of Prof. Peter Somogyi at the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit in March 2001 funded by an Erwin-Schroedinger-Felloship of the Austrian Science Fund, and was appointed as an MRC Research Scientist in April 2002. In October 2003 he became MRC Investigator Scientist and has been elected as a Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College in October 2004. In 2005 Thomas received the "Otto Loewi Prize" sponsored by GlaxoSmtithKline and awarded by the Austrian Neuroscience Association and the Krieg Cortical Explorer Award awarded by the Cajal Club at the SFN2005 meeting in Washington DC. In September 2006 Thomas became MRC Senior Scientist and is now leading his own research group.
The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2008 will be presented in Geneva during the Forum of European Neuroscience 2008 (July 12 - 16, 2008). The prize winner will give a special lecture at the meeting.