Kai Kessenbrock, Yishai Elyada and Alessandro Filosa receive Outstanding Paper Award

This year, three young scientists are honoured for their publications

November 13, 2009

Since the late 17th century the publication of research results is an integrate part of scientific work. Only published results are generally recognized as valid. On the one hand, this aims to ensure the consistently high quality of the work, since results can thus be verified by others. On the other hand, the basic idea behind the call for publication is that scientists worldwide can learn about the results and build their own research on them.

The Rosa Laura and Hartmut Wekerle Foundation acknowledges the importance of scientific publications. The foundation honors now in its second year exceptional publications by young scientists with the "Outstanding Paper Award". Eligible papers were published during the last year by first authors working at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology on their PhD theses or who recently completed their work. Selected papers stand out due to their very high quality and by making an important contribution to the current state of knowledge.

On 13 November 2009, the 1,000 Euro prize was awarded to three young scientists. Kai Kessenbrock received the award for his publication in July 2008 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Yishai Elyada for his publication in February 2009 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, and Alessandro Filosa for his publication in September 2009, also in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

The award-winning publications and scientists

Kai Kessenbrock: How leukocytes warm up to inflammation. Publication from July 2008 in the The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Kai Kessenbrock studied biology at the Universities of Bonn and Heidelberg. In 2004, he joined the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, where he successfully completed his doctoral thesis in the Department of Neuroimmunology in 2009. In mid-2009, he started working at the University of California in San Francisco (USA).

Yishai Elyada: Cells with double vision
Compared to many other living creatures, flies and their brains are rather small. However, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology now discovered that insects can partially compensate for their small number of neurons by sophisticated interconnection. The neurobiologists investigated special nerve cells that receive motion stimuli from a narrow area of the visual field in their entrance area. However, due to their interconnection with neighboring cells, the same cells react in their exit area to movements from a much wider range of vision. This enables extremely robust processing of optical information.(Further information in German) more

Dr. Yishai Elyada studied mathematics at the University of Tel-Aviv and came to Martinsried in 2004. Here he worked at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in the department of Alexander Borst on his doctoral thesis, which he successfully completed in the summer of 2009. Yishai Elyada is working at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham (USA) since September 2009.

Alessandro Filosa: Sternförmige Zellen des Gehirns helfen beim Lernen
The astrocytes have a say in how efficient nerve cells exchange information more

Dr. Alessandro Filosa studied biology at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine in Naples. He joined the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology and the department of Rüdiger Klein in September 2005, where he successfully completed his studies with his doctoral thesis in 2009. In October 2009 he started his research at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.

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