18 June 2018

Prestigious awards for alumni Daniel Margulies and Emiliano Zaccarella

OHBM Young Investigator Award 2018 & Otto Hahn Medal 2018

On 17 June, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) has awarded the prestigious OHBM Young Investigator Award 2018 to Daniel Margulies. The award, which comes with $5,000 prize money, was presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of OHBM in Suntec City, Singapore. Daniel Margulies joined M&B in 2007 and defended his thesis “Resting-State Functional Connectivity fMRI: A new approach for assessing functional neuroanatomy in humans with applications to neuroanatomical, developmental and clinical question” in October 2009. Until recently, Daniel led the Neuroanatomy & Connectivity Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. He is now a tenured researcher at the Brain and Spine Institute at CNRS in Paris.

On 13 June, Emiliano Zaccarella was awarded the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal at the 69th annual general meeting of the Max Planck Society in Heidelberg. The award recognizes outstanding academic and scientific achievements and comes with € 7,500 prize money. Emiliano was awarded the medal for his thesis on “Breaking down complexity: the neural basis of the syntactic merge mechanism in the human brain”. Thesis supervisors were Angela Friederici (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig) and Isabell Wartenburger (Universität Potsdam). Emiliano is now a postdoctoral fellow in Leipzig (see: www.cbs.mpg.de/person/zaccarella/373011). Congratulations to Emiliano and his supervisors!

A previous Otto Hahn Medal recipient was M&B alumnus Daniel Margulies (in 2011) (see above).The Otto Hahn Medal is intended to motivate especially gifted scientists and researchers to pursue a future university or research career. Each year, Max Planck Society honors up to 30 young researchers in this way (more than 970 since 1978).