In 2002 the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award was presented for the first time. It is awarded every two years. On 16 July 2012 in Barcelona (Spain) the award was presented to Ilka Diester.
"We are proud of having the opportunity to honour outstanding research of young scientists in Neuroscience for the sixth time now. Ilka Diester’s work could contribute to revolutionising our understanding of the complexities of the mind and propel forward medical developments. It is a pleasure to honour her with the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award.” says Professor Wolfgang Rettig, Corporate Senior Vice President Research, Boehringer Ingelheim.
Laboratory 'Neurobiologie des Processus Adaptatifs', University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Fekrije Selimi's innovative strategy, the 'synaptic protein profiling' approach, is the first example for the purification of a single type of synapse from mouse cerebellum and subsequent identification of specific synaptic proteins. Her research focuses on controlling mechanisms in the development of highly complex neuronal connectivity in the mammalian brain. She combines genetic with biochemical approaches to dissect the signalling pathways underlying the specificity of brain connections.
F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Dr Fries' work in the field of cognitive neurosciences is widely recognised and answers major scientific questions of how perception is organised, how it is influenced by attention, and what are the neural mechanisms that instantiate these functions. Latest scientific results focus on the description and explanation of the neuronal substrate instantiating perception, action and memory.
Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest (Hungary)
Institute of Cell Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland)
Head of Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit at INSERM, Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot in Orsay (France)