The awardee of the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2023 was announced during the FENS Regional Meeting 2023 (3-5 May, Algarve, Portugal).
The Winner of the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2023 is Arish Mudra Rakshasa-Loots
Arish Mudra Rakshasa-Loots is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. His research asks whether neuroinflammation arising from HIV infection in the brain, contributes to the high risk for depression among people living with HIV. To address this, he leads a portfolio of clinical neuroscience studies in South Africa, the UK, and Netherlands.
Arish has been awarded the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2023 in recognition of his contribution and outreach efforts towards reducing HIV-related healthcare inequities and also in promoting gender, ethnic and regional diversity in mental healthcare, research and teaching.
For detailed information, please check the ALBA Network website.
The next call for ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize opens in November 2023.
Mahmoud Bukar Maina
has been awarded the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2022 for his contribution to advancing diversity and inclusion in brain research. This edition of the prize highlights a European-based student or researcher (who is not a group leader) who has made outstanding contributions to promoting diversity in brain sciences.
Learn more about Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina and the reasoning of getting the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2022prize here.
With this Diversity Prize, The ALBA Network and the FENS-Kavli Scholars wish to highlight a scientist or group that has made outstanding contributions to promoting equality and diversity in brain sciences.
The promotion of equality and diversity — e.g. by gender, race, sexual orientation, class, or culture— in research depends upon leaders and role models that catalyse a full integration of all scientists across academic levels. This annual award will recognise an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to this effort, including but not limited to advocacy, mentorship or the creation of diversity-promoting initiatives.
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The call for the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize will open in January 2022.
The awardee of the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2021 was announced during the FENS Regional Meeting 2021 (FRM).
The Winner of the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2021 is Prof. Marian Joëls
Professor of Neurobiology of Environmental Factors, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Member of the Board of Directors at the University of Groningen
Prof. Joëls received this award for her constant efforts in fostering gender equality in neuroscience.
Watch the video featuring the Winner of the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize Winner in 2021
Learn more about Prof. Joëls and why she was awarded this prize here.
The ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize Selection Committee 2021:
The next call for ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize will open in January 2022.