HAMBURG. This year's science prize awarded by the Hamburg company Eppendorf AG goes to Portugal. Prize winner is Mónica Bettencourt-Dias from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras.
The 2007 award is the 13th research prize awarded by the Hamburg Biotech company to honor outstanding work in biomedical research in Europe. With this prize, Eppendorf supports young scientists in Europe who are 35 years old or younger.
This year, the prize was awarded to Mónica Bettencourt-Dias from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras, Portugal. She receives the Eppendorf Award for her pioneering research on centrosome biogenesis. Through a functional genomics screen in Drosophila, she discovered a key regulator of centrosome duplication. As centrosomes play a central role in cell cycle regulation and function as signaling centers, this research opens up new venues for understanding cell cycle control and for cancer therapy.
Mónica Bettencourt-Dias received the prize during a gala dinner attended by over 100 guests from the scientific community and related industry. After opening remarks by Dr. Heinz Gerhard Köhn, Eppendorf AG Board Member for Research and Development, a speech honoring the achievements of this year’s prize winner was held by Professor Dr. Kai Simons, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.