Applications now open for 2014 Early Career Neuroscience Prize
Deadline: Monday 10 March 2014
Each year the UCL Neuroscience Domain presents the Early Career Neuroscience Prize to two UCL neuroscientists. The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience, and is awarded in two categories; junior scientist and advanced scientist. Winners receive a cash prize and are given the opportunity to present their work at the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium.
This year’s Early Career Neuroscience Prize is now open for entries. The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience, and is awarded in two categories; junior scientist (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience).
The competition is open to all UCL PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and junior Principal Investigators (first position as PI, lecturer, or research fellow and within 10 years of receipt of a PhD or MD) working on any aspect of neuroscience. Nominees are expected to have led a ground-breaking piece of work, which they have published (online or in print) as first author in a peer-reviewed journal between 1 January 2013 and 1 February 2014. The research should have been conducted at UCL. (Papers accepted/ in press before deadline of 1 February will also be eligible for inclusion if accompanied by confirmation of acceptance from the Journal).
Assessment criteria Nominations will be judged by an internal expert panel according to the following criteria:
- Calibre of publication, originality and potential impact on its field
- Nominee’s involvement in that paper
Nominations will be assessed in two groups. Two prizes will be awarded with one overall winner being selected to present their work at the symposium:
- PhD student – Junior postdoc (up to 3 years post-PhD)
- Senior Postdoc (+3 years post-PhD)– Junior PI (<10 years post-PhD experience)
Candidates should self-nominate. Nominations must include the following documentation:
- A supporting statement from the nominee, providing a brief summary of the research (in language accessible to a broad range of neuroscientists), the significance of the work and potential impact on its field together with a description of the nominee’s involvement (must not exceed one page of A4/500 words). Nominees should also indicate which of the two groups above they fall into
- The publication to be considered in pdf format
- A list of up to 5 of your own relevant publications that support the nomination
- Confirmation of impending publication by the Journal (only applicable if article accepted but not yet published
Winners must be available to attend the 2014 UCL Neuroscience Symposium on Thursday 19 June and be prepared to give a 10-15 minute presentation of their work. Only one application per individual is allowed.
Deadline for submission of nominations is 5pm, Monday 10 March 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Junior Category (Joint Winners)
Dr Fernando Bartolomé-Robledo – Institute of Neurology
Winning Paper – Pathogenic VCP mutations induce mitochondrial uncoupling and reduced ATP levels. Neuron 78: 57-64 (2013). Bartolomé F, Wu HC, Burchell VS et al.
Dr Julija Krupic - Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Winning Paper – Neural representations of location composed of spatially periodic bands. Science 337, 853-7 (2012). Krupic J, Burgess N and O’Keefe JK.
Dr Christoph Schmidt-Hieber - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
Winning Paper – Cellular Mechanisms of Spatial Navigation in the Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Nature Neuroscience 429:184–187 (2013). Schmidt-Hieber C and Häusser M.
Dr Thomas Akam, UCL Institute of Neurology: Oscillatory dynamics in the hippocampus support dentate gyrus–CA3 coupling. Nature Neuroscience 15, 763–768 (2012). Thomas Akam, Iris Oren, Laura
Drs Lorenzo Fabrizi and Rebeccah Slater, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology: A Shift in Sensory Processing that Enables the Developing Human Brain to Discriminate Touch from Pain. Curr Biol. 2011; 21(18): 1552-8. Fabrizi L*, Slater R* (*equal contribution), Worley A, Meek J, Boyd S, Olhede S, Fitzgerald M
Dr Rita Sousa-Nunes, National Institute for Medical Research and Cell and Developmental Biology: Sousa-Nunes R, Yee LL and Gould AP (2010) “Fat cells reactivate quiescent neuroblasts via TOR and glial Insulin relays in Drosophila”, Nature 471(7339):508-512.
Dr Tiago Branco, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research: Branco T, Clark BA, Häusser M. Dendritic discrimination of temporal input sequences in cortical neurons, Science 2010 Sep; 24; 329(5999): 1671-5.