FENS EJN Award Recipient 2022 announced

26 May 2021


Professor Michal Schwartz (Israel) has been awarded with the FENS EJN Award 2022 for her outstanding career in the area of neuroimmunology. Working as a Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, she is the world pioneer in breaking the long-held dogma regarding the relationships between the central nervous system and the immune system. Deciphering the mechanism led her to propose that ageing or exhaustion of the immune system plays a crucial role in perpetuating Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia and to suggest a novel treatment for AD, which harnesses the immune system to help the brain.

FENS would like to congratulate Professor Schwartz for winning this prestigious award. Professor Schwartz will be giving the FENS EJN Award Lecture at the FENS Forum 2022 and will write a review for publication in the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN).

The FENS EJN Award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience. The award is a personal prize of £10,000, sponsored by Wiley (publisher of the European Journal of Neuroscience)

About Professor Michal Schwartz

Professor Schwartz received her BSc, cum laude, from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and her PhD in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute. She was also twice granted an advanced ERC award as well as receiving numerous prestigious national and international awards for her outstanding achievements, including the 2002 Friedenwald Award from ARVO, for outstanding contribution to vision research and the Distinguished G. Heiner Sell Memorial Lectureship in 2002 for exceptional achievement in the field of spinal cord injury. More recently, she was chosen in 2019 as Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the Israeli Neuroscience Society; 15 of her former graduate students currently hold academic faculty positions in Israel, the USA, Europe and Australia.