Frédéric Saudou receives the 2014 Lounsbery Award

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Dr Frédéric Saudou, director of the Institute of Neurosciences in Grenoble (Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences – UJF/Inserm/CEA), was recently awarded the 2014 Richard Lounsbery Award for his major contribution to the understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms causing Huntington’s disease, which open up important new insights to the understanding and treatment of this neurodegenerative disease. The award ceremony took place on November 25, 2014, under the Dome of the Institut de France.

The Richard Lounsbery Award was established by Vera Lounsbery in 1978 in honor of her husband. Under the dual auspices of the Académie des Sciences in Paris and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, it is given in alternate years to young French and American scientists to recognize extraordinary scientific achievement in biology and medicine. This award, which includes a $50,000 prize and a financial aid to enable the awardee to visit research institutes in the other country, is intended to stimulate research and encourage reciprocal scientific exchanges between the United States and France.

Frédéric Saudou, senior director of research at Inserm, was appointed director of the Institute of Neurosciences in Grenoble on September 25, 2013, and professor at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble (PU-PH) in September 2014. Recipient of a ATIP grant from the CNRS in 1999, he has been leading a research team since 2000 and was appointed director of the research unit Inserm U1005 – CNRS UMR3306 (Cell Signaling and Neurobiology) in 2010 at the Curie Institute in Orsay. His research team will relocate in Grenoble in December 2014 where he will pursue his research on Huntington’s disease.

The 2015 Richard Lounsbery Award will be given to an American scientist.

Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences
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More information:
- Press release of the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble (in French)
- Académie des Sciences / Richard Lounsbery Award
- National Academy of Sciences / Richard Lounsbery Award
- Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences
- Bibliography of Dr Frédéric Saudou