EPNA 2018 Award ceremony at the ERA-NET NEURON MidTerm Symposium JTC2016 in Bonn, Germany | January 22th 2019
Dr. Tobias Kaufmann received the award for his publication ‘Delayed stabilization and individualization in connectome development are related to psychiatric disorders’ published in Nature Neuroscience 2017: 20, p. 513–515.
At the MidTerm Symposium in Bonn the award ceremony was held as special lecture. The award emphasizes the importance of research into brain function and its diseases and will contribute to integrate the neuroscience research community. The award is designed as a form of support and encouragement for early-career researchers at the early stage of their career. Dr. Kaufmann is a neuroscientist at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research in Oslo, Norway. In his research, he investigates pathophysiological changes in brain structure and function and their genetic underpinnings in individuals with severe mental illness. With a strong background in Biology and Computer Science, he applies computational tools such as machine learning to large scale neuroimaging and genetics data to identify patterns related to brain disorders.
As he explained: ‘My work was focused on neurodevelopmental trajectories in brain connectome development in children and adolescents with first symptoms of mental illness. Our findings help to broad understanding of patterns in neurodevelopment of the brain’.
Dr. Kaufmann smiled: "I am really happy to get this award. Such support is indeed promoting a scientific career." The audience perceived his presentation of experiments and results with rapt attention and both, peer early career scientists and experienced researchers enthused the high-level lecture.
The special lecture and award ceremony was opened by Dr. Marlies Dorlöchter, the coordinator of ERA-NET NEURON with an overview of the NEURON network activities. The EPNA was introduced by Dr. Erkki Raulo, the Finnish initiator of the NEURON award program which he presented as a continuous highlight to honor outstanding research achievements by early career scientists, and introduced the award lecture. The award honors the first authorship of a researcher under 35 years of age in a high impact journal within the first five years after dissertation. Since 2009 the ERA-NET NEURON launches annual calls for the early-career scientists as supportive measure to add to the research funding activities of the network.
EPNA 2020 Award ceremony at the online ERA-NET NEURON MidTerm Symposium JTC2018 in Bonn, Germany | January 26th, 2021
EPNA 2020 Awardee: David Zada
EPNA 2019 Award ceremony at FENS 2020 Virtual Forum | July 14th 2020
EPNA 2019 Awardee: Alberto Paras Rodiguez
The ERA-NET NEURON - Excellent Paper in Neuroscience 2017 Award - Special lecture at FENS Forum in Berlin, Germany | 2018
EPNA 2017 Awardee: Cristina García Cáceres