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T21RS Award Program for Outstanding PhD thesis

Letter from prof. Renata Bartesaghi, chair of the Committee for Education & Training

As Chair of the Committee for Education and Training, it is my pleasure to describe the history and the purpose of the “Award Program for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis” of T21RS, in order to make all members and, in particular, young people aware of this initiative.

The overall mission of our Society is to support research in the field of Down syndrome. Thus, it is of paramount importance to recruit new investigators and to foster their careers. The expansion of our Society will favor the achievement of innovative results and may help to fulfill one of the goals of our Society: to give people with Down syndrome the opportunity to lead a better life.

The idea of the Award Program for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis emerged during the first General Assembly of our Society, in the framework of the first “historical” meeting of T21RS in Paris (June 4-7, 2015). The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate young T21RS members to carry out high-level research and to recognize their merit with financial support and the possibility to present their results during the T21RS meeting that will take place in the year following the application deadline.

The Dissertation award program was named “Annette Karmiloff-Smith Dissertation Award Program” to honor the memory of this prestigious scientist, and member of T21RS, who excelled in the field of developmental disorders, and who sadly passed away on December 19, 2016. The Dissertation award program 2019 will be named “Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Michael Harpold Dissertation Award Program” in order to honor, alongside Annette Karmiloff-Smith, the memory of Michael Harpold, a distinguished scientist passionately involved in Down syndrome research and member of T21RS who sadly passed away on March 15, 2017. One of the prizes will be named “Annette Karmiloff-Smith Award” and the other will be named “Michael Harpold Award”.

The calls for the awards are biannual.

I sincerely hope that our Committee will receive many applications for the current call and that our young members will continue working with passion and excitement: two fundamental ingredients for the progression of research.

Renata Bartesaghi, January 2018.

 

 

A short summary of the past, present and future calls:

Past call: Annette Karmiloff-Smith Dissertation Award Program year 2015
Competition for outstanding PhD thesis: two prizes of 1,000 euro each.

  • Eligibility. Participation in the 2015 competition was open only to candidates who obtained their PhD title during the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015.

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2016.

  • Number of applicants: five.

  • Winners (in alphabetical order): Florencia Iulita and Fiorenza Stagni.

The winners were invited to present their data during the 2nd T21RS meeting in Chicago (June 7-11, 2017). Title of Ph.D thesis by Florencia Iulita “Studying Alzheimer’s Disease Pre-clinical Stages: Insights from Down Syndrome and Transgenic Animal Models”. Title of the PhD thesis by Fiorenza Stagni “Pharmacological rescue of dendritic pathology in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome”.

 

Present call: Annette Karmiloff-Smith Dissertation Award Program year 2017
Competition for outstanding PhD thesis: two prizes of 1,000 euro each.

  • Eligibility. Participation in the 2017 competition is open only to candidates who obtained their PhD title during the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2018.

  • The winners will be asked to present results of their theses during the next T21RS meeting in Barcelona (June 2019).

 

Future call: Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Michael Harpold Dissertation Award Program year 2019
Competition for outstanding PhD thesis: two prizes of 1,000 euro each.

  • Eligibility. Participation in the 2019 competition will be open only to candidates who obtain their PhD title during the period January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020.