In 2016, the scientific awards attributed by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation honored freedom and multifariousness of strategies in biomedical research.
On April 13, 2016, the Foundation's scientific committee presided by Pr. Hugues de Thé gathered to choose the scientific prize laureates of 2016.
LILIANE BETTENCOURT PRIZE FOR LIFE SCIENCES
Benjamin Lehner, a researcher at the Genomic Regulation Center in Barcelona, is the winner of the 20th edition. Using model organisms (yeast, worms) for experimental studies at the individual level and at the large-scale computational analyses, he reveals the mechanisms of genetic or environmental predisposition to common diseases. His research contributes to the development of personalized medicine to better protect people against diseases such as cancer.
COUPS D’ÉLAN AWARDS FOR FRENCH RESEARCH
- Thierry Galli's group, Centre for Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Paris (Inserm)
- Bernard de Massy's group, Institute of Human Genetics, Montpellier (CNRS)
- Frank Schnorrer's group, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (CNRS)
- Jessica Zucman's group, Cordeliers Research Center, Paris (Inserm)
YOUNG RESEARCHERS AWARDS
Choosing between the numerous outstanding candidates that were recommended by their graduate schools was not an easy task. The scientific committee finally settled on fourteen young, promising, French scientists who will take postdoctoral positions in some of the world's best laboratories.
- Alban-Elouan Baruteau – St George’s University of London, Londres, United Kingdom
- Elvire Bestion – University of Exeter, Penryn, United Kingdom
- Benjamin Blaise – Imperial College Londons, United Kingdom
- Chloé Delépine – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
- Alice Devigne – University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
- Guillaume Duclos – Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
- Guillaume Geri – St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
- Teddy Jégu – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
- Jérôme Martin – Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New-York, USA
- Kaoutsar Nasrallah – Albert Einstein College of Medecine, New York, USA
- Gaël Nicolas – Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Gilles Storelli – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
- Lucas Treps – Vesalius Research Center, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Abdelrahim Zoued – Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
The 19 laureates will officially receive their award in November 2016, during two separate ceremonies chaired by Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, president of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
THE BETTENCOURT SCHUELLER FOUNDATION SCIENTIFIC AWARDS (THREE PRIZES)
Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences
The prize rewards European researchers younger than 45 who are recognized by the scientific community for the quality of their publications and who lead a promising scientific project.
Reward : 300 000 €
Coups d’Élan Awards for French Research
The awards reward each year four public biomedical laboratories (CNRS and Inserm). They are intended for the optimization of research facilities and improvement of scientists working conditions.
Reward: 250 000 € for each laureate
Young Researchers Awards
These prizes reward fourteen young Medical Doctors (MD) or Doctors of Philosophy (PhD), enabling them to become postdoctoral fellows in leading foreign laboratories.
Reward: 25 000 € for each laureate
THE BETTENCOURT SCHUELLER FOUNDATION SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
- Hugues de Thé, Collège de France, Paris
- Sebastian Amigorena, Institut Curie, Paris
- Cédric Blanpain, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
- Emiliana Borrelli, University of California Irvine, USA
- Karine Clément, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Inserm, Paris
- Edith Heard, Institut Curie, Collège de France, Paris
- Christopher Henderson, Biogen, Cambridge, USA
- Nicole Le Douarin, French Académie des sciences, Collège de France, Paris
- Daniel Louvard, Institut Curie, Paris
- Marcel Méchali, Human Genetics Institute, France
- Alain Pompidou, Paris Descartes University, National Academy of Technologies of France, Paris
- Alain-Jacques Valleron, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Bicêtre Hospital, Inserm, Paris
- Gisou van der Goot, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
To find out more: follow the link to the scientific committee page.