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Prof. Valentin Nägerl, winner of the Maxime Dahan 2023 prize


Valentin Nägerl, Professor of Neuroscience and Microscopy and Research Team Leader at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience (IINS) at the University of Bordeaux, was awarded the Maxime Dahan Prize at the 3rd symposium of the same name held at Institut Curie.


The 3rd edition of the Symposium "A tribute to Maxime Dahan" took place on December 14 and 15, 2023 at Institut Curie. Focusing on the theme "Manipulation of cellular organization by optogenetics and magnetogenetics", the symposium brought together 14 renowned speakers and nearly 140 participants. Together, they reviewed recent advances in the exploration of cellular processes using light (optogenetics) and magnetism (magnetogenetics). Two study procedures offering a radically different perspective on cellular biology.

The Maxime Dahan 2023 Prize for Innovation in Methods and Instrumentation at the Interface of Physics, Biology & Medicine has been awarded to Valentin Nägerl, Professor of Neuroscience and Microscopy and Research Team Leader at the IINS at the University of Bordeaux. The award honors his major contributions to brain research and super-resolution microscopy.

Previous winners of the Maxime Dahan Prize:

  • 2021: Dr. Valentina Emiliani, CNRS research director at Institut de la Vision in Paris, where she heads the Photonics department and the Wavefront Engineering microscopy team.
  • 2019: Prof. Robert H. Singer, Professor of Cellular Biology and Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

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Dr Maxime Dahan, former director of the Physical Chemistry Curie unit (CNRS UMR168 / Sorbonne Université) at Institut Curie from 2013 to 2018 and former head of the Imaging and Control of Cell Organization research team, was a key player in the development of new scientific approaches at the interface of physics and biology, particularly in the imaging and microscopy of living cells.

Following his death in 2018, the Maxime Dahan Fund was created, encouraged by his family, to perpetuate his scientific legacy by stimulating the evolution of the paths he laid out. A key feature of the fund is the award of a biannual prize to a researcher, under the patronage of Institut Curie.

The prize rewards scientific innovation in physics, biology and medicine, particularly in the fields of imaging and the manipulation of biological objects.

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