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46 outstanding life scientists elected to EMBO membership

EMBO today acknowledges the outstanding scientific contribution of 46 life scientists from 14 countries by awarding them life-long EMBO membership.

Election to EMBO membership is recognition of the commitment to research excellence and the exceptional achievements made by a life scientist. The new EMBO Members join the ranks of 1,500 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. They are leaders in their research fields and communities.

This year EMBO acknowledges 43 European scientists as EMBO Members and three scientists from the USA as Associate Members. The new members include 11 female scientists and the first EMBO Member from Estonia.

"We are happy to welcome the new EMBO Members into the EMBO community and look forward to the infusion of knowledge that they bring," said EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

EMBO Members apply their expertise and insight to select the many talented scientists EMBO support each year to do the best science. As a result, EMBO Members collectively influence the future directions of life science and strengthen research communities across Europe.

By encouraging cross-border interactions, EMBO Members ensure that Europe is a unified community of excellence where top-level life science thrives.

The 46 scientists recognized by EMBO represent a vivid cross-section of the life sciences from molecular biology and plant sciences, to neuroscience, computational neurobiology and cellular immunology.

Here is a list of the newly elected EMBO Members and Associate Members:

NEW EMBO MEMBERS 2011

Gregers Rom Andersen, Denmark Claudia Bagni, Belgium Yohanns Bellaiche, France David Bensimon, France Nica Borgese, Italy Alexander Borst, Germany Catherine Dargemont, France Bernard De Massy, France Michelle Debatisse, France Olivier Delattre, France Volker Dötsch, Germany Gian Paolo Dotto, Switzerland Gordon Dougan, United Kingdom Bruce Edgar, Germany Santiago F. Elena, Spain Maurizio Gatti, Italy Hermann E. Gaub, Germany Christian Griesinger, Germany Ian D. Hickson, Denmark David W. Holden, United Kingdom Patrick Lemaire, France Xin Lu, United Kingdom Mark Marsh, United Kingdom Cathie R. Martin, United Kingdom Andrew Millar, United Kingdom Edvard Moser, Norway Jürg Müller, Germany Karla Neugebauer, Germany David Owen, United Kingdom Peep Palumaa, Estonia Yitzhak Pilpel, Israel Jordan Raff, United Kingdom Ivan Raska, Czech Republic Maria Rescigno, Italy David Ron, United Kingdom Botond Roska, Switzerland David C. Rubinsztein, United Kingdom Federica Sallusto, Switzerland Dietmar Schmucker, Belgium Dominique Soldati-Favre, Switzerland Jussi Taipale, Sweden Andreas Trumpp, Germany Jörg Vogel, Germany

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS 2011

Cori Bargmann, United States Susan Lindquist, United States Norbert Perrimon, United States

About EMBO EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. The organization enables the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment.

EMBO is an organization of 1500 leading life scientist members that fosters new generations of researchers to produce world-class scientific results. EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in cutting-edge techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe.

For more information: www.embo.org

Media contacts: Suzanne Beveridge, Head Public Relations and Communications Charlotte Otter, Communications Officer Tel: +49 6221 8891 108 communications@embo.org

idw :: 20.10.2011