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8th International Prize of the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation 2011

18 February, 2011 in FENS News

8th International Prize of the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation 2011 - call for nominations and applications

Prize of the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation for Basic and Clinical Neurosciences 2011 - call for nominations and applications (nominations preferred). Application deadline: April 8, 2011.

The Eighth International Prize of 25,000 Euro will be awarded in 2011 by the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation to a scientist under 45 years of age on December 31, 2011, who has made outstanding contributions to Basic or Clinical Neurosciences.

Nominations and applications should be submitted to: The Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation – Riviera di Chiaia 168 – 80122 Napoli, Italy (, fax +39-081-7611800, e-mail

They should be received by April 8, 2011 (before 5 pm), and accompanied by:
• a Curriculum vitae of the candidate with a complete list of publications (no Abstracts);
• one copy of 3 selected papers published by the candidate after 2009;
• a reference letter by an internationally recognised expert describing the candidate's scientific achievements and standing;
• a summary (max 2 pages) outlining the main scientific contributions of the candidate;
• the electronic version (on CD if applying by mail or courrier) of the above documents (curriculum vitae, and summary of the contributions in Word format; articles and letter of presentation in PDF format).
Nominations and applications will be evaluated by the Prize Committee of the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation.

The recipient of the Prize will be notified by July 2011.

The Prize will be awarded at the Congress of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, FENS FORUM 2012, to be held in Barcelona, Spain (July 14 - 18, 2012), where the Prize recipient will give the Kemali lecture (sponsored by the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation).

Recipients of the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation International Prize since its inception

1. Dr. Tamas Freund (Institute of Experimental Medicine , Hungary) for "his outstanding contributions to the organization and chemical characterization of identified neuronal circuits and cell types in the brain, in particular in the hippocampus".
Kemali lecture at FENS 1998 in Berlin, Germany
2. Dr. Robert C. Malenka (Stanford University, USA) for "his fundamental contributions in the field of synaptic plasticity, in particular long term potentiation and long term depression, and the characterization of the role of silent synapses in these processes"
Kemali lecture at FENS 2000 in Brighton, UK
3. Dr. Daniele Piomelli (University of California Irvine, USA) for "his fundamental discoveries concerning the functional roles and regulation of endogenous cannabinoids in the brain and peripheral tissues"
Kemali lecture at FENS 2002 in Paris, France
4. Dr. Cornelia I. Bargmann (Rockefeller University, USA) for "her fundamental discoveries concerning genes, behavior, and the sense of smell in the nematode C. elegans".
Kemali lecture at FENS 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal
5. Dr. Patrik Ernfors (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) for "his outstanding work on the expression and function of neurotrophic factors and neuropeptide and their receptors exploiting transgenic techniques"
Kemali lecture at FENS 2006 in Vienna, Austria
6. Dr. Massimo Scanziani (University of California San Diego, USA) for "his seminal discoveries on how cerebral cortex perceives the environment by showing that cortical circuits operate in an activity-dependent and non-linear fashion using canonical feed-forward and feed-back inhibition circuits as feature detectors of incoming stimuli"
Kemali lecture at FENS 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland
7. Dr. Jonás Frisén (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) for "his pioneering contributions to our understanding of neurogenesis in the central nervous system"
Kemali lecture at FENS 2010 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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