LMB Group Leader, Greg Jefferis, has been elected as one of 15 new FENS Kavli Scholars. This prestigious European neuroscience award is sponsored by FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) and the Kavli Foundation.
The first FENS-Kavli Scholars were announced in 2014 and there are now 35 scholars in total. These young, independent European neuroscience investigators have been chosen for their scientific excellence, originality of their research, and promise for the future. The mission of the FENS-Kavli scholars is to promote the advancement of neuroscience in Europe and beyond by putting the young investigators in the driver’s seat.
Greg, from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, is studying olfactory perception in the fruit fly. The goal is to study how neurons process information to turn smell into behaviour. In both fruit flies and mammals the sensory neurons that detect smells are connected to brain areas that trigger behaviours or form memories by just one level of processing. This provides an ideal model to study basic principles of neural processing, providing critical context for studies of our own brains in health and disease.
Greg says, “I am honoured to have been selected for this award based on the work in our group over the last 8 years. I am also particularly happy to have the opportunity at this time to strengthen links with neuroscientists across Europe. The FENS/Kavli network already has a history of high level contact with European institutions as well as promoting scientific collaboration; it is vital that UK scientists contribute to these efforts over the next few years.”