Leo Kurian

Group Leader, Institute for Neurophysiology/ Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne/CECAD, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Institute for Neurophysiology/ Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne/CECAD, University of Cologne, Germany
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Isabel Varela Nieto

Research Professor, CSIC

Dr. Isabel Varela-Nieto graduated and earned her doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry Section, at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). She has been a visiting guest scientist at the Medical Schools of Uppsala (FEBS Fellow, Sweden) and San Diego (MEC Sabbatical, USA). She is Professor of Research at the CSIC and group leader at the CIBER of rare diseases (CIBERER, ISCIII) in Madrid. From the early 1990s she has been studying hearing neurobiology and IGF-1 actions. She was the first Chair of the SEBBM Science for Society working group with which she actively collaborates. She is currently the president of the SEBBM and a member of the FEBS Network working group and FEBS Science and Society Committee.

Luis R. Saraiva

Principal Investigator - Associate Level, Sidra Medicine

I lead the Laboratory of Neurometabolism and Functional Genomics at Sidra Medicine, Qatar. Our laboratory deploys and/or develops biological assays to unravel molecular mechanisms underlying specific neural and metabolic processes, aiming to understand how genetic variation can lead to their dysfunction and ultimately disease. In this context, we have a strong interest in the sense of smell, the role it plays in determining our food preferences, and how diets and internal homeostatic states affect olfactory perception. In our research, we collaborate with clinicians and employ an integrative strategy combining a wide range of established techniques (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, and behavior) with omics technologies (e.g., genomics and transcriptomics), and resorting to the genetic manipulation of both cell and animal models. Ultimately, we aim to advance basic science and translate our findings into new diagnostic and personalized treatment options for patients affected by neurological, endocrine and metabolic diseases. To learn more about us visit our twitter page or our website.
Marjolein Schaap

Research Programme Manager - Research Careers & Talent Team, Cancer Research UK