• Brain signalling responses to hunger studies win 2021 Eppendorf & Science Prize
    2021 winner Amber L. Alhadeff, Monell Chemical Senses Centre and University of Pennsylvania, USA

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Brain signalling responses to hunger studies win 2021 Eppendorf & Science Prize

Nov 02 2021

Amber L. Alhadeff has been presented with the 2021 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for her work on the gut-brain control of hunger circuits. A Principal Investigator at the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the University of Pennsylvania, USA, Dr Alhadeff’s research has revealed how hunger-sensitive neurons in the brain receive signals from the gastrointestinal tract to influence food intake and other survival behaviours. Her work provides insights into how the foods we eat can affect changes in our behaviour, awareness and responses to surroundings and situations both prior to and after eating.

“Amber Alhadeff described in a brilliant essay how neurons encoding hunger are modulated by what we eat and how they can change our behaviour,” explained Dr Peter Stern, Senior Editor at the journal Science and Chairman of the Prize Jury. “Her research aids our understanding of how hunger changes our general perception of the world and of the mechanisms underlying neural control of food intake.”

“I am extremely honoured to receive this award for my research accomplishments,” said Dr Alhadeff. “It is a tremendous jumpstart to my independent research career and a huge motivator for my lab.”

“Eppendorf and Science have been presenting this prize together for 20 years. This is an amazing legacy,” stated Eva van Pelt, Co-CEO of Eppendorf SE. “I enjoy watching the careers of our awardees develop over time as they become true opinion leaders in their field.”

Dr Alhadeff is the 20th recipient of this international prize which is awarded jointly by Eppendorf and the journal Science. She will be honoured at a virtual prize ceremony on Tuesday 9 November, which is free and open to the public.

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 winner is awarded US$ 25,000 and has his or her essay published in Science. The next deadline for applications is 15 June 2022.

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