Recipient of the Eric Kandel Neuroscientists Prize 2021 announced

13 July 2021


The Hertie Foundation and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) are delighted to announce the winner of the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize: Prof. DrJulijana Gjorgjieva (DE), who will receive the EUR 100,000 award for her scientific achievement in the field of theoretical neuroscience.

Julijana Gjorgjieva is a Professor of Computational Neurosciences at the School of Life Sciences at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Her work focuses on the decoding mechanisms in the processing of sensory signals and the development of the relevant neuronal networks. In 2011, she completed her PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Cambridge (UK) and spent five years as a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University and Brandeis University (US). Prof. Gjorgjieva is a member and is on the steering committee of the Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience and a member of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.

Congratulating Prof. Gjorgjieva on behalf of FENS, President Prof. Jean-Antoine Girault commented: “For FENS, the prize is an important contribution to recognising outstanding research like Julijana Gjorgjieva’s and to supporting young neuroscientists in furthering their careers.

Dr Astrid Proksch, Managing Director of the non-profit Hertie Foundation, highlighted that “with the help of her models, Prof. Gjorgjieva has discovered important principles which regulate the self-organisation of neuronal networks during development, and with the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize, we would like to lend further support to her outstanding work and promote her scientific career.”

The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists prize is awarded every two years by the Hertie Foundation in collaboration with FENS. The prize also includes an invitation to hold the Eric Kandel Prize Lecture at the FENS Forum 2022 in Paris, France.

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