News & Views

  • American Scientist Wins 2019 Eppendorf & Science Prize
    Dr Lauren Orefice.

American Scientist Wins 2019 Eppendorf & Science Prize

Oct 22 2019 Read 1194 Times

The American scientist Lauren Orefice, PhD, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has won the 2019 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for her work on the causes and potential therapies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr Orefice found that peripheral somatosensory neurons - neurons outside the brain that control the sense of touch - are key areas where autism-associated gene mutations have a critical impact. She showed how abnormal function of peripheral somatosensory neurons causes touch over-reactivity and how this over-reactivity during development contributes to altered brain function and some autism-related behaviours in mice. Dr Orefice’s work changes how we think about the causes of ASD, providing a surprising revision of widely-held views that link ASD exclusively to brain function. She highlights peripheral somatosensory neurons as a possible novel therapeutic target for improving some ASD-related symptoms.

The annual US$25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology honours scientists, such as Dr Orefice, for their ground-breaking research. Lauren Orefice is the 18th recipient of this international prize which is awarded jointly by Eppendorf and the journal Science. Researchers who are 35 years of age or younger and have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology are invited to apply. The next deadline for applications is 15 June 2020.

For more information about Dr Orefice and the Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology please click here.

Reader comments

Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.

Post a Comment





Digital Edition

Lab Asia June 2020

June 2020

In This Edition Articles Chromatography - What is Eluent Generation? - Automated online μSPE Clean-up for QuEChERS Approach to Pesticides Analysis - Simple and Seamless Routine Analysis...

View all digital editions

Events

Korea Lab 2020 - NEW DATES

Jul 27 2020 Kintex, South Korea

M&M 2020 - ONLINE EVENT

Aug 02 2020 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

DXC 2020 - ONLINE EVENT

Aug 03 2020 Lombard, IL, USA

IE Expo China 2020 - NEW DATES

Aug 13 2020 Shanghai, China

ACS National Meeting & Expo, Fall 2020

Aug 16 2020 San Francisco, CA, USA

View all events