Winners of EJN Best Publication Award 2021 to give lecture at the FRM 2021 

01 July 2021


Dr Ulrich Schüller (DE) and Dr Debra J. Skene (UK), recipients of the EJN Best Publication Award 2021, will be giving the award lectures at the FENS Regional Meeting 2021 on 25 August 2021.

In the lecture “Metabolomics of sleep deprivation: sex differences”, Dr Skene will explain her research on the effects of acute sleep deprivation on plasma melatonin, cortisol and metabolites to understand the metabolic pathways involved in sleep/wake regulation processes.

In the lecture on “TCF4 in development and tumorigenesis of the central nervous system”, Dr Schüller will explain his study on how germline mutation in the basic helix-loop transcription factor 4 (TCF4) cause the Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS), a developmental disorder with severe intellectual disability.

About the 2021 laureates

After earning his MD at the University of Boon in 2003, Dr Ulrich Schüller did his postdoc at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, specialising in neuropathology. He founded his lab at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 2007, and later, moved to Hamburg (Germany), where he continues working as a professor for molecular pediatric neuro-oncology and serves as a consultant in neuropathology.

Dr Debra J. Skene has over 25 years of research experience studying the human circadian timing system and circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders experienced by blind people, shift workers and older people. Currently, she is working as the Section Lead for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. She focuses on studying the mechanisms linking circadian clocks, sleep and metabolism in health, circadian disorders and metabolic diseases using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) metabolomics.

About the award

With this prestigious biennial award sponsored by Wiley, FENS and the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) recognise the best original research article published in EJN over the preceding two‐year period.

Find out more about this award.