The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize is awarded every second year to a researcher under the age of 35 in recognition of his or her outstanding scientific contributions to any area of neuroscience. The awardee receives a personal prize of £ 7,000.
The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2018 is shared between Dr. Sophie Steculorum (Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany) and Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino (University of Lausanne, Switzerland).
After receiving her PhD in 2011, Sophie Steculorum did her Postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, Germany.
In 2017, Dr. Steculorum was appointed Principal Investigator and Group Leader in the Group of Neurocircuit Wiring and Function at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany where she studies the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Her research has provided pioneering new insights into fundamental regulatory principles of the control of energy and glucose homeostasis, some of which are currently being pursued as therapeutic targets for the treatment of metabolic disorders.
Sophie Steculorum has published her research in journals such as Cell, Cell Metabolism and Journal of Clinical Investigation and she is a recipient of several awards and research grants, including the Nikon Young Scientist Award 2016.
With a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2011, Lucia Prieto Godino currently holds a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
In her research, Dr. Pireto Godino uses a genetic approach to study the developmental and circuit mechanisms underlying the evolution olfactory pathway and development of sensory systems in Drosophila.
Lucia Prieto Godino has published her work in high-ranking journals including in Neuron, Nature and PLoS Biology. In 2016 she was the recipient of the NEB Passion in Science Award in the Humanitarian Duty category. Together with Dr. Tom Baden, she is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of TReND in Africa, a non-profit organisation to foster university research and education on the African continent.
The FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize is sponsored by Wiley (publisher of EJN) and will be presented to Dr. Sophie Steculorum and Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino at the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin (7 – 11 July 2018).
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