In order to support gifted junior group leaders implementing their own research line, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus awards one to two Rudolf Magnus Young Talent Fellowships each year. This year the Fellowships go to Frank Meye and Jinte Middeldorp. The Fellowship provides the recipients with the equivalent of 2 years of salary and €100.000 to be spent on research as the recipient sees fit.

Frank Meye will use the fellowship for doing research in rodents.  He intends to unravel -with much higher spatiotemporal resolution than is feasible in humans- how specific parts of the prefrontal cortex are involved in inattentive and impulsive behavior. Furthermore, he aims to determine how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with distinct parameters, alters the function of separate populations of prefrontal cortex neurons and if these TMS protocols are capable of (durably) improving attention and impulse control. Meye: “I am very happy to have been awarded this Fellowship. It creates the opportunity to apply our approaches in a new and very translational way to tackle clinically-relevant questions. I am proud to work in an institute that dares to support high-risk and potentially high-gain research.”

Jinte Middeldorp: “I am very pleased to have received this Fellowship, which will help develop my own research line. I am currently studying the effects of the aged systemic environment (blood) in mice, with a focus on the role of astrocytes in the neurovascular unit, but it is essential to study human cells and human brains as well. This fellowship will allow me to set up novel tools for studying these cell types in the human context and that of neurological disorders. I am eager to translate my findings from mice to humans with this fellowship and to get a step closer in knowing how astrocytes interact with the vasculature and respond to changes in the systemic environment in relation to aging and disease.”

The jury praises both recipients for their high quality of publications over the last years and sees a lot of possibilities for implementation of their translational research in the future.

Talented junior scientists are often confronted with limited funding periods and hence a relatively short period of time to strengthen their profile. To allow this group of gifted scientists  more time to build their own research line and optimally prepare them for the next funding step, BCRM awards one to two Rudolf Magnus Young Talent Fellowships annually in competition.