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USGEB meeting, February 11 – 12, 2010, Lugano

Frontiers in Human Biology

2010 USGEB meeting

Lugano, Switzerland

February 11 – 12, 2010

at this conference will take place the ceremony for the Friedrich Miescher award 2010 to H.Kaessmann

confirmed speakers:

Wilhelm Krek Institute of Cell Biology and Competence Center for Systems Physiology and Metabolic Diseases, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stewart Cole EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Martin E. Schwab Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Rino Rappuoli Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Srl, Siena, IT
Vincenzo Cerundolo Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Friedrich Miescher Award 2010 for H.Kaessmann

The award ceremony will take place at the USGEB annual meeting, February 12, 2010, Lugano.
This prize is intended to honour young biochemists and is donated by the
Friedrich-Miescher-Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation in Basel.


EMBO Gold Medal

EMBO Gold Medal

Awarded annually, the EMBO Gold Medal highlights the quality of molecular biology research being performed by young European research scientists.

The contributions of many outstanding scientists have been recognized with the award since its inception in 1986 It brings the work of these researchers to the attention of a worldwide audience. Awardees are recognized as role models for other young scientists in Europe.

Winners of the EMBO Gold Medal receive a hand-crafted medal and a bursary of 10,000 euro EMBO invites recipients each year to present their research during the award ceremony held at the annual scientific conference – The EMBO Meeting.


EMBO Gold Medal

Nominations due 15 February

Nomination procedure
Nomination form

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Prix de recherche Fondation Suisse du Diabète for Marion Cornu

Marion Cornu, former PhD student in B.Thorens’ lab, got the “Prix de recherche Fondation Suisse du Diabète” (Schweizerische Diabetes-Stiftung) for her work on: “Glucagon-like peptide-1 protects b-cells against apoptosis by increasing the activity of an Igf-2/Igf-1 receptor autocrine loop”.

She received this prize from the hands of the president of the foundation (Prof. G.A. Spinas) at the occasion of the general assembly of the Swiss Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology on November 20, 2009 in Bern.


S.Martin: EMBO young investigator award

Selected by EMBO Members annually for their high research standards, EMBO Young Investigators are some of Europe’s most talented young scientists.

Sophie Martin is an SNF Professor at the CIG since September 2007. She works on cell polarity in yeast and recently published a study in Nature: Polar gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 couple cell length with the cell cycle2009. Nature 459: 852-6, Epub 2009 May 27.
She is the 3rd CIG group leader to be recognized by the EMBO young investigator programme, after C.Fankhauser and H.Kaessmann.

Link to Sophie Martin’s lab

Link to the YIP on EMBO website


R.Benton: Eppendorf and Science Neurobiology Prize 2009

The Eppendorf and Science Neurobiology Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.
the Essay: Poster_Benton-Scienceand EppendorfPrizeEvolution and revolution in odour detection

Understanding how diverse odour signals are detected and represented in the brain has long fascinated sensory neuroscientists. Vertebrate and insect olfactory systems display striking similarities in their neuroanatomical and physiological properties, suggesting an evolutionarily conserved mechanism for odour perception. Richard Benton’s essay describes his studies on the molecular biology of odour detection in Drosophila, which have revealed several surprises in how insects sense volatile chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »

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