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Schilling Research Award of the German Neuroscience Society 2013

Schilling Forschungspreis

This prize is awarded by the German Neuroscience Society (NWG) for pioneering contributions in brain research. The prize money, given by the Schilling Foundation, amounts to EUR 20.000 and aims to supporting young investigators under 35 of age. The scientific excellence should be documented by outstanding publications. Candidates must either be working in a German research institution or be of German origin if working outside of Germany. Applications from all fields in neuroscience are welcome. Membership in the German Neuroscience Society is not mandatory. The prize is awarded during the Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience society to be held on March 13 – 16, 2013. The Prize winner will present her/his work in a plenary lecture.

The Schilling Research award of the German Neuroscience Society 2013 is given to Dr. Nathalie Rochefort, Institute for Neurosciences at the Technical University of Munich in recognition of her contributions to a better understanding of how visual information is processed in the mammalian brain. Brain functions such as sensations and thoughts depend on the coordinated activity of neuronal networks in precise spatial and temporal sequences. The aim of her research is to understand the mechanisms underlying such coordinated cortical activity. She studied neuronal activity in the mouse primary visual cortex by using the method of in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. The results revealed how the functional properties of these neurons develop as well as the characteristics of the individual synaptic inputs they receive in order to generate a specific output.
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