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And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to Dr. Claire M. Belcher, Dr. Sarit Sivan, and Gkikas Magiorkinis, MD, PhD, Path – the three winners of the Marie Curie Prize 2012!

The Award Ceremony took place on the 5 November during the Marie Curie Cyprus Presidency Conference. In the presence of representatives of the Cyprus government and Jury Members, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, awarded prizes to winners from the following three categories:

Dr. Claire M. Belcher was named the winner of the "Communicating Science" category for her outstanding achievements in bringing science closer to the general public. She specializes in the study of ancient natural fires in the Earth system and their consequences for plant and animal life (including dinosaurs), using techniques that involve combining art with science.

The "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" prize winner, Dr. Sarit Sivan, developed an innovative treatment for low back-pain arising from the degeneration of intervertebral discs. She has obtained several patents and contributed to the creation of a company which is currently running clinical trials on related research.

Last but not least, Gkikas Magiorkinis, MD PhD Path has been awarded the "Promising Research Talent" prize for his exceptional work tracing the spread of Hepatitis C Virus around the globe, which was until now, uncharted territory.

We wish them all the best for the future and every success in their respective careers. Congratulations!

The Marie Curie Prize aims at encouraging scientists to become role models not only in research, but also in innovation, entrepreneurship and outreach to the general public.

Some Links:

  • Photos of the Award Ceremony are available here
  • European Commission - Press Release here Choose translations of the previous link 
  • European Commission - MEMO here Choose translations of the previous link 

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