Biaggi de Blasys Award

Call for proposals | Laureate of 2019 | Previous awardees of the Biggi de Blasys Foundation
 

Call for proposals

The Biaggi de Blasys award is attributed once a year to the author of the best doctoral thesis in Neuroscience  defended at the Universities of Geneva or Lausanne, or the EPFL in a particular year. Each year, candidates can apply who obtained their PhD in the previous year from the following institutions:

  • the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (Universities of Lausanne and Geneva)
  • the EPFL-EDNE program (including those from non-BMI labs)
  • the EPFL-EDBB program (only those from BMI labs)

The prize of 5'000 CHF is awarded on the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week.

Applications by LN and EPFL-EDNE graduates should include:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of publications
  • a pdf version of the thesis
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation

Next deadline for candidacy: to be announced (for doctoral theses defended in 2020)

Please send the your application in an electronic format to:

Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School
Amphipole 316
Unil-Sorge
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

OR ulrike.toepel@unil.ch

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Laureate of 2019

The Biaggi de Blasys Award for the best thesis in neuroscience defended in 2019 went to:

  • Dr. Polina Oberst for her thesis  "Plasticity In Neurogenic Competence Of Cortical Progenitors In The Developing Mouse Neocortex" defended at the University of Geneva on April 8, 2019.

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Click on the image to see the video message of Polina.

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Previous awardees of the Biggi de Blasys Foundation

Year Awardee, Institution Thesis title
2020 Polina Oberst (UNIGE) Plasticity in Neurogenic Competence of Cortical Progenitors in the Developing Mouse Neocortex (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2018 Erika Bindocci (UNIL) Development of New Imaging Methodologies to Study Neuron-Glia Interaction (Thesis director: Prof. A. Volterra)
2017 Alexandra Adam-Darque (UNIGE) FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION OF SENSORY STIMULI IN NEWBORNS DURING THE NEONATAL PERIOD INVESTIGATED WITH FMRI AND HIGH-DENSITY EEG (Thesis directors: Petra Huppi & Christoph Michel)
2016 Shanaz Diessler (UNIL) TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF SLEEP REGULATION: TWO GENETIC APPROACHES IN THE MOUSE (Thesis director: Prof. Paul Franken)
2016 Sebastiano Bariselli (UNIGE) SHANK3 CONTROLS MATURATION OF SOCIAL REWARD CIRCUITS IN THE VTA (Thesis directors: Profs. Christian Lüscher & Camilla Bellone)
2015 Anne-Marie Lüchtenborg (UNIL) WNT SIGNALING IN DROSOPHILA NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTIONS (Thesis director: Prof. Vladimir Katanaev)
2015 Ilaria Vitali (UNIGE) ACTIVITY-DEPENDENT CONTROL OVER NEOCORTICAL NEURON DIFFERENTIATION AND IDENTITY (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2014 Géraldine Mang (UNIL) Contribution of glucocorticoid signaling to the regulation of sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythms (Thesis director: Prof. Paul Franken)
2013 Gabrielle Pouchelon (UNIGE) Molecular and cellular controls over target-specific development of thalamocortical neuron projections (Thesis directors: Prof. Denis Jabaudon and Prof. Dominique Muller)
2013 Andres de la Rossa (UNIGE) In-vivo reprogramming of postmitotic neocortical neurons (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2012 Aurélie Manuel (UNIL) Neuroplasticity of inhibitory control (Thesis directors: Prof. Stephanie Clarke and Dr. Lucas Spierer)
2012 Ralf Wimmer (UNIL) The role of spindles for sleep: Manipulating oscillatory activity in the thalamocortical network (Thesis directors: Prof. Anita Lüthi and Prof. Paul Franken)
2011 Irina Constantinescu (UNIGE) Influence of sleep-wake states on human memory and underlying neural plasticity: insights from EEG recordings and parasomnia (Thesis director: Prof. Sophie Schwartz)
2010 Anne Vaslin (UNIL) Endocytosis, autophagy and JNK inhibition in neuroprotection against excitotoxicity and neonatal cerebral ischemia (Thesis director: Prof. Peter Clarke)
2010 Fabio Longordo (UNIL) Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of sleep loss on hippocampal synaptic plasticity (Thesis director: Prof. Anita Lüthi)

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Laureate of 2019

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Award ceremony on September 4, 2020. Jean-Pierre Hornung announcing the winner of the Biaggi de Blasys award of 2019: Dr. Polina Oberst who could not join us from New York due to the Covid-19 pandemics.

Laureate of 2018

Prize ceremony on March 13, 2019. From left to right: Dr. Erika Bindocci, Anne Baecher (RTS), M. Biaggi and Prof. Stephanie Clarke.

Laureate of 2017

IMG_2628small.JPGAward ceremony on March 14, 2018 with Mr. Gianni Biaggi and Dr. Alexandra Adam-Darque.

Laureats of 2016

Award ceremony on March 16, 2017. with Dr. Shanaz Diessler, Gianni Biaggi, Dr. Sebastiano Bariselli and Prof. Jean-Pierre Hornung (from left to right).

Laureats of 2015