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Radboud Science Award for Lisa Genzel

Date of news: 5 July 2022

Every year three researchers of the Radboud University and the Radboudumc receive a Radboud Science Award. The winners will design teaching materials about their research for primary schools. This year’s winners are Lisa Genzel for her research on improved methodology and conditions in animal testing and Annabelle Dufourcq for her research on imaginative animals, David Burger and Angela Colbers for their research on HIV treatment for children.

Improving animal testing

Research on memory and sleep include simple and fast tasks during conventional animal experiments in rodents. However, these tasks usually ignore experience and traits gained by the animals in previous experiments. Associate professor at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour Lisa Genzel and her colleagues developed new methods in animal testing to investigate the complex tasks our brain is able to perform. Her findings show that animal models are indispensable to unravel how neural networks and factors such as sleep determine our cognition and behavior. Furthermore, Genzel is at the forefront of methodologically improving animal welfare during handling, housing, and surgical procedures.

The Radboud Science Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 28 (start: 10.00 a.m.) at the Radboud University auditorium. More information and registration: Science Education Hub Radboud University - Science Education Hub Radboud University (ru.nl)

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