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Two Bernstein Scientists receive Lower Saxony Science Awards 2017

The Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience celebrates a double success at this year’s Lower Saxony Science Awards. Professor Tobias Moser receives the award as outstanding scientist; Dr. Marion Silies receives the award as outstanding postdoc researcher. Both work and conduct their research at the University Medical Center Göttingen. The award ceremony took place in Hanover on November 30.
Two Bernstein Scientists receive Lower Saxony Science Awards 2017

Tobias Moser, Marion Sillies (photo info below)

UMG, Göttingen, November 30, 2017

Professor Tobias Moser is the director of the Institute of Auditory Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen. His research has contributed decisively to the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of hearing and deafness. Moser can be considered a pioneer in the molecular physiology and anatomy of hair cell synapses as well as the investigation of such synaptic illness parameters. Thus, he can be considered to have founded a novel, active field of research, significant to both neurology as well as medical science. On top, he and his colleagues push the development of an optical cochlea implant promising substantial improvement of the rehabilitation of deaf people.

Moser is actively pursuing co-operations within and without the university. He is well-connected with scientists of the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association, the Fraunhofer Association as well as the Helmholtz Association and he maintains good working relationships with international peers. Since 2011, Moser is the director of the Research Collaboration Center 889 “Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing” funded by the German Research Foundation. His outstanding work has won him several prizes, such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2015) or the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine (2017). Since 2015, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Three years ago, Dr. Marion Sillies established a junior research group funded through the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation. Since 2015, she is group leader at the European Neuroscience Institute ENI of the University Medical Center Göttingen. Her research focuses on the functionality of neuronal circuits and the neuronal basics of vision. She is principal investigator of a project within the Collaborative Research Centre 889 “Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing”, in which she investigates the molecular and cellular aspects of visual signal processing.

Her research earned her many prestigious prizes, such as the Schilling Research Award of the German Neuroscience Society (2015) and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation (2017). She also gained an ERC Starting Grant in 2016. Apart from her research, Sillies is a committed university teacher. She offers in depth seminars within the Max Planck International Research School Neuroscience and the Master Degree Program “Developmental, Neural and Behavioral Biology”. Sillies is the speaker of the research group leaders of the European Neuroscience Institute ENI at Göttingen.

Fotos: Tobias Moser (Leopoldina), Marion Sillies (UMG/Mischke)

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