The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasing importance of this research in advancing our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function – a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades.
Eppendorf and Science/AAAS established this international prize in 2002. The Prize is intended to encourage and support the work of promising young neurobiologists who are not older than 35 years. It is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years, as described in a 1,000-word entrance essay.
Prize money: US$ 25,000
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Winner 2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize
The Japanese scientist, Shigeki Watanabe, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has won the 2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for his work on synaptic vesicle endocytosis.
Dr. Watanabe has developed two novel techniques in electron microscopy that allow visualization of protein and membrane dynamics at synapses at a millisecond temporal resolution. Using these techniques, he has discovered an ultrafast mechanism that removes synaptic vesicle components rapidly from the plasma membrane following exocytosis and further demonstrated that synaptic vesicles are regenerated from endosomes.