Each year, three prizes are awarded to talented and innovative researchers within the UMC Utrecht Brain Center.

Rudolf Magnus Research Award uitklapper, klik om te openen

The Brain Center Rudolf Magnus awards a prize to the best publication of the preceding year. Eligible are those papers of whom the first author was affiliated with the Brain Center at the time that the work was performed. The ceremony of the Rudolf Magnus Research Award takes place during the annual BCRM Symposium.

Recipients of the Rudolf Magnus Research Award

2019     Paul Ormel and Renata Vieira de Sá

Microglia innately develop within cerebral organoids

2018     Jeroen Verharen

A neuronal mechanism underlying decision-making deficits during hyperdopaminergic states

2017     Wouter van Rheenen

Genome-wide association analyses identify new risk variants and the genetic architecture of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

2016     Susan van Erp

Lrig2 Negatively Regulates Ectodomain Shedding of Axon Guidance Receptors by ADAM Proteases

2015     Angela Sarabdjitsingh

Ultradian corticosterone pulses balance glutamatergic transmission and synaptic plasticity

2014     Ben Harvey

Topographic representation of numerosity in the human parietal cortex

2013     Kim Boshuisen

Timing of antiepileptic drug withdrawal and long-term seizure outcome after paediatric epilepsy surgery (TimeToStop): a retrospective observational study

De Kleijn & Magnus Prize and Brain Center thesis award uitklapper, klik om te openen

This prize awards the best thesis of the year. The even years this award is given in collaboration with ‘De Stichting De Kleijn & Magnus Prijs’ and the award goes to the best thesis in Clinical Neuroscience written by a MD. The odd years the award goes to the best thesis in Utrecht Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience written by a non-MD. Most of the work reported in the thesis in both cases should have been performed in the Brain Center. The prize winner is announced during the Brain Center Symposium.

Recipients of De Kleijn & Magnus Award

2019     Jeroen Verharen 

Neuroeconomic Mechanisms of Reward and Aversion

2018     Oliver Härschnitz

iPSC-derived insights into motor neuron disease and inflammatory neuropathies

2018     Nina Hilkens

Bleeding on antithrombotic treatment in secondary stroke prevention

2017     Chantal Tax

Less confusion in diffusion MRI

2016     Guusje Collin

The connectomic blueprint of schizophrenia

2014     Bart Brouwers

 Continued bleeding following acute intracerebral hemorrhage

2012     Maeike Zijlmans

New presurgical methods to characterize the focus of epilepsy



The Brain Center outreach award: ‘De Hoofdprijs’ uitklapper, klik om te openen

The Brain Center awards the employee of the Brain Center whom has addressed the significance of his or her work best to the general (lay) public with ‘De Hoofdprijs’. The award is open to all working in the Neurosciences within the UMC Utrecht, from nurse till professor. The award is granted by a jury consisting of the management team of the Brain Center and the prize winner is announced during the annual Brain Center Research Day.

Recipients of Brain Center outreach award


2019     Wim Otte

For implementing an educational program to recognize and treat epilepsy in Nigeria

2018     Barbara van Ede-Korpel

2017     Marjolijn Ketelaar

For her work together with the patient society BOSK to make the patient a real partner in research.

2016     Iris Sommer

For her book “Haperende Hersenen”

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