This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to encourage our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research.
2016 Grand prize winner
Neir Eshel is a psychiatry resident at Stanford University, pursuing a career at the interface of research and clinical practice. He is interested in how we learn about rewards and punishments, how we make decisions based on this knowledge, and how these systems break down in neuropsychiatric disease.
2016 Category winners
Canan Dagdeviren was born in 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey. As a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow, she received her Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dagdeviren developed a conformable, piezoelectric, energy harvester that converts mechanical energy from internal organ movements into electric energy to power medical devices. It is soft and flexible and conforms to the heart as well as other soft tissues.
Originally from Germany, Sam Behjati read medicine at Oxford University and pursued postgraduate clinical training in London, UK. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, he joined the Cancer Genome Project of the Sanger Institute (UK) for doctoral research. Using a “mutational postcode” that cells acquire as they divide, Behjati has shown that it is feasible to reconstruct the early developmental process in the adult mouse. Building on ideas developed during his Ph.D. preparation, he now aims to define the embryonic origin and fate of childhood cancer cells.
David Seekell is an environmental scientist based in Sweden. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. In his Ph.D. research, Seekell developed statistics to provide early warning that an ecosystem is passing a tipping point and is about to undergo a regime change. He is currently an assistant professor of Ecology in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University.