IRP Schellenberg Research Prize

The IRP Schellenberg Research Prize 2020 is awarded to Professors Patrick Freund, Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland, and Jonas Frisén, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. The award ceremony will take place on October 1st, 2020 in Basel (more information to come).

The competition for the IRP Schellenberg Research Prize takes place every two years, the Prize awarded to researchers who, by the significance of their scientific contributions and their publications in scientific journals of renown, have furthered understanding of the development, lesion and regeneration processes relating to the spinal cord.

Set up in 2003, the IRP Schellenberg Research Prize perpetuates the memory of Ulrich Schellenberg, the founder of the IFP Foundation in Zürich and co-founder of the IRP Foundation in Geneva, who died in 2001.

The Prize, up to 100’000 Swiss Francs, is aimed at rewarding a scientist’s outstanding work in the field of paraplegia. Priority is given to young but already established and successful scientists working experimentally in the above-mentioned fields. The funds awarded, by enabling the recruitment of new co-workers or personnel, and the purchase of equipment or supplies, should help investigate avenues that may, in due course, lead to progress in spinal cord regeneration and functional recovery.

The IRP Scientific Committee evaluates applications by January of the following year. The winner of the IRP Schellenberg Research Prize is named by the IRP foundation’s board in March and funds are made available by the second semester of the same year.

The next IRP Schellenberg Research Prize 2018 will be awarded in 2020.

IRP Schellenberg Research Prize 2018

The 16th IRP Schellenberg Research Prize has been awarded on 27th September 2018 to Prof. Magdalena Götz and Prof. Claire Jacob in Basel. The prize money of CHF 100`000 has been equally shared by the two successful scientists.

Prof. Magdalena Götz, Helmholtz Center Munich and Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, became famous for her revolutionary work in developmental biology focusing on the reprogramming of glia cells to neurons. Since many years, her research focus is on the glial cells in the brain. Götz demonstrated that during development, these glia cells have stem cell properties allowing them to replace various cell types, also nerve cells in the brain. She received numerous awards: Roger de Spoelberch Prize, Ernst Schering Prize, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Hansen Family Award.

Prof. Claire Jacob, University of Fribourg, achieved two doctorates in France in Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences. She held two postdoctoral positions in University of California, San Francisco and at the ETH, Zurich. In Zurich she got fascinated about research in the field of the peripheral nervous system, in particular Schwann cells. In 2004, a ski accident rendered her quadriplegic. After several months of intensive rehabilitation, she was able again to move her arms and legs. In 2012, she received an SNF Professorship grant and also the prestigious Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize. Her laboratory works on the functions of myelinating cells in the regeneration of peripheral and central nervous systems after a lesion.

Next deadline for applications: 31 October 2019.

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