FENS-EJN image competition 2024: discover the winner image!

13 June 2024


The FENS Communication Committee and the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) are delighted to announce that the winner of the FENS-EJN Image Competition 2024 is Rebecca Simkin from University College London, UK, with the image “Afferent Neuron Subtypes in the Lumbar Dorsal Root Ganglion”.  The image will be featured on the cover of the European Journal of Neuroscience, the FENS website and at the FENS Forum 2024 congress centre in Vienna, Austria!

The Winning Image

Afferent Neuron Subtypes in the Lumbar Dorsal Root Ganglion

“This single-plane confocal image captures a lumbar(L)1-L5 dorsal root ganglion from a 3-month-old heterozygous YarsE196K mutant, a mouse model of dominant-intermediate Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type C.

Various subtypes of afferent neurons are depicted, including medium-large area neurons functioning as mechanoreceptors or proprioceptors, and smaller area nociceptive neurons.

Immunofluorescence staining highlights these subclasses using two specific marker proteins: neurofilament 200 for identifying medium-large afferent neurons (magenta), and peripherin for labelling small afferent nerves (green).

This image was captured on a LSM510 confocal microscope. Enhancement of colours and image sharpening was performed using Fiji.”

Rebecca Simkin


The nine shortlisted images

The following images have also been selected to be featured on the FENS website and the FENS Forum 2024 congress centre in Vienna!