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Elly Tanaka wins “2017 Female Scientist Award” by German Stem Cell Network

18 Aug 2017

The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) will honour IMP Senior Scientist Elly Tanaka with its “2017 Female Scientist Award” for her groundbreaking work on limb and spinal cord regeneration. The award is one of three given in different categories.

The three 2017 Awards of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) honor scientists who study aspects of cellular communication: Elly Tanaka in regeneration processes in the axolotl; Francesco Neri in epigenetic information involved in the aging process; and an international team of four scientists in the development of liver cells from pluripotent stem cells.

“We want to encourage young stem cell researchers and especially women scientists to get involved in this dynamic field of research”, said Prof. Ulrich Martin, President of the GSCN and Head of Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Biotechnology Artificial Organs (LEBAO) at the Hannover Medical School (MHH). “These awards honour outstanding achievements in the stem cell field.”

All three awards go to researchers who aim to understand the molecular processes in such detail that they can be manipulated in the lab, in order to develop cell-based therapies for yet incurable diseases.

The “GSCN 2017 Female Scientist Award” goes to Elly Tanaka from the Institute for Molecular Pathology IMP in Vienna and the TU Dresden.

The “GSCN 2017 Young Investigator Award” goes to Dr. Francesco Neri from the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz-Lipmann-Institute (FLI) in Jena.

The “GSCN 2017 Publication of the Year Award” goes to Dr. J. Gray Camp and Prof. Barbara Treutlein (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), together with Dr. Keisuke Sekine and Prof. Takanori Takebe (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) for the publication “Multilineage communication regulates human liver bud development from pluripotency” in Nature.

Awardees are selected by a panel of experts from the GSCN. The three awards are endowed with 1,500 euros each; the selected scientists will give a lecture at the GSCN Presidential Symposium at this year's GSCN Stem Cell Conference from 11 - 13 September 2017 in Jena.

About the German Stem Cell Network

The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network organization that creates synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and provides a hub between science, politics, education and society.

About Elly Tanaka

Read more about Elly Tanaka's research here.