Biaggi de Blasys Award

The Biaggi de Blasys award is attributed once a year to the author of outstanding PhD thesis in translational neuroscience, including basic research on brain functions in health and disease for future translational approaches. Eligible for application are graduates of the doctoral programs in neuroscience of UNIGE, UNIL and EPFL in 2021.

The prize of 5’000 CHF is awarded on the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week.
Applications by LNDS and EPFL graduates should include:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of publications
  • a pdf version of the thesis
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation

Next deadline for candidacy: tba (for doctoral theses defended in 2022)

Please send the your application in electronic format to: ulrike.toepel@unil.ch

Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School
Amphipole 316
Unil-Sorge
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

Awardees of the Biaggi de Blasys Foundation
YearAwardeeThesis title
2021Newton Cho (EPFL)UNBIASED INTERROGATION OF WHOLE BRAIN CIRCUITS IN SPINAL CORD INJURY LEADING TO THE DESIGN OF A CLINICALLY RELEVANT THERAPY TO IMPROVE LOCOMOTION (Thesis director: Grégoire Courtine)
2020Solange Denervaud (UNIL)WHEN PEDAGOGY MATTERS: INSIGHTS FROM MONTESSORI EDUCATION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MONITORING (Thesis director: Patric Hagmann)
2019Polina Oberst (UNIGE)Plasticity in Neurogenic Competence of Cortical Progenitors in the Developing Mouse Neocortex (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2018Erika Bindocci (UNIL)Development of New Imaging Methodologies to Study Neuron-Glia Interaction (Thesis director: Prof. A. Volterra)
2017Alexandra Adam-Darque (UNIGE)FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION OF SENSORY STIMULI IN NEWBORNS DURING THE NEONATAL PERIOD INVESTIGATED WITH FMRI AND HIGH-DENSITY EEG (Thesis directors: Petra Huppi & Christoph Michel)
2016Shanaz Diessler (UNIL)TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF SLEEP REGULATION: TWO GENETIC APPROACHES IN THE MOUSE (Thesis director: Prof. Paul Franken)
2016Sebastiano Bariselli (UNIGE)SHANK3 CONTROLS MATURATION OF SOCIAL REWARD CIRCUITS IN THE VTA (Thesis directors: Profs. Christian Lüscher & Camilla Bellone)
2015Anne-Marie Lüchtenborg (UNIL)WNT SIGNALING IN DROSOPHILA NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTIONS (Thesis director: Prof. Vladimir Katanaev)
2015Ilaria Vitali (UNIGE)ACTIVITY-DEPENDENT CONTROL OVER NEOCORTICAL NEURON DIFFERENTIATION AND IDENTITY (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2014Géraldine Mang (UNIL)Contribution of glucocorticoid signaling to the regulation of sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythms (Thesis director: Prof. Paul Franken)
2013Gabrielle Pouchelon (UNIGE)Molecular and cellular controls over target-specific development of thalamocortical neuron projections (Thesis directors: Prof. Denis Jabaudon and Prof. Dominique Muller)
2013Andres de la Rossa (UNIGE)In-vivo reprogramming of postmitotic neocortical neurons (Thesis director: Prof. Denis Jabaudon)
2012Aurélie Manuel (UNIL)Neuroplasticity of inhibitory control (Thesis directors: Prof. Stephanie Clarke and Dr. Lucas Spierer)
2012Ralf Wimmer (UNIL)The role of spindles for sleep: Manipulating oscillatory activity in the thalamocortical network (Thesis directors: Prof. Anita Lüthi and Prof. Paul Franken)
2011Irina Constantinescu (UNIGE)Influence of sleep-wake states on human memory and underlying neural plasticity: insights from EEG recordings and parasomnia (Thesis director: Prof. Sophie Schwartz)
2010Anne Vaslin (UNIL)Endocytosis, autophagy and JNK inhibition in neuroprotection against excitotoxicity and neonatal cerebral ischemia (Thesis director: Prof. Peter Clarke)
2010Fabio Longordo (UNIL)Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of sleep loss on hippocampal synaptic plasticity (Thesis director: Prof. Anita Lüthi)
Thank you message of Newton Cho to the Biaggi Foundation in March 2022 (click to see the video)
Solange Denervaud and M. Biaggi in May 2021. Vaccinated …
Award ceremony on September 4, 2020. Jean-Pierre Hornung announcing the winner of the Biaggi de Blasys award of 2019: Dr. Polina Oberst who could not join us from New York due to the Covid-19 pandemics.
Award ceremony on March 13, 2019. From left to right: Dr. Erika Bindocci, Anne Baecher (RTS), M. Biaggi and Prof. Stephanie Clarke.