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2018 HFSP Career Development Awards

Prestigious HFSP awards to next generation leaders in frontier research

Grant and Award Announcement

Human Frontier Science Program

The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) announced today 11 Career Development Awards (CDA). The awards are for the most highly creative and accomplished holders of HFSP fellowships, and allow the awardees to return home or move to another member country to continue frontier research in the life sciences. This year the winners will return to Canada, Israel, Japan, Germany, Spain and the UK, after HFSP postdoctoral research in France, Switzerland and the USA. Following a rigorous selection in a global competition, the future for these young scientists could not be brighter.

The CDA is a special feature of the HFSP fellowship programs because it offers fellows the possibility to return to their home countries or to move to another HFSP member country after their research abroad. They receive $300,000 spread over three years to assist their frontier research in their new lab as an independent researcher.

The 11 winners of the 2018 HFSP Career Development Award, their research institutions and research programs, are:

Maithe ARRUDA-CARVALHO (Brazil/France)
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto - Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
Investigating the circuit basis of adolescence impulsivity

Dan DOMINISSINI (Israel/Italy)
Cancer Research Center
Sheba Medical Center / Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
A new epitranscriptome mark - deciphering function and mechanism of N1-methyladenosine (m1A) in mRNA

Julien GUIZETTI (France/Germany)
Centre for Infectious Diseases
Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
Schizogony: understanding atypical cell division mechanisms in malaria parasite

Felipe KARAM TEIXEIRA (Brazil/Portugal)
Department of Genetics
Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Genomic conflict and stability during germline development

Michael KRIEG (Germany)
The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels - Barcelona, Spain
A prosthetic photon-based neurotransmitter system to overcome synaptic transmission barriers

Liad MUDRIK (Israel)
School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Studying real-life conscious vs. unconscious processing: a novel experimental approach

Edda SCHULZ (Germany)
Otto-Warburg Laboratory
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
Towards a quantitative understanding of the mechanistic coupling of X-inactivation and pluripotency

Itay TIROSH (Israel/USA)
Department of Molecular Cell Biology
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Dissecting pediatric high-grade glioma by single cell expression profiling

Stuart TRENHOLM (Canada/UK)
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
The neuronal substrate of face selective visual responses

Christoph WILHELM (Germany)
Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology
University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany
The metabolic control of ILC plasticity

Yamato YOSHIDA (Japan)
College of Science
Ibaraki University, Ibaraki , Japan
Decoding the molecular mechanisms and kinetics of the plastid- and mitochondrial-division machinery


The lists of all 2018 HFSP awards are available at

The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, USA, as well as from the European Union.

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