Each year, Neuroscience Ireland selects a neuroscientist to honour either through their “Distinguished Investigator Award” scheme, or through their “Early Career Investigator Award” scheme.

Awards are presented to outstanding research scientists who have made exciting basic science or clinical contributions to the field of neuroscience. For the “Early Career Investigator Award”, nominees must be members of the Society, be within 8 years of receiving their terminal degree (PhD or MD), and not yet in an academic position.

Nominations for either of these awards are welcome at any time of the year (up to any specific deadlines that may be communicated near to each NSI event). Please do so by emailing us and include a brief reason for your nomination. These will be considered by the NSI Board annually.

Current Awardees:

2019: Prof. Ray Dolan, UCL (Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award)
2018: Dr Kathy Ruddy, TCD (Early Career Investigator Award)

Previous Awardees:

2017: Prof. John Cryan, UCC (Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award)
2015: Prof. Paul Kenny, USA (Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award)
2013: Prof. Marina Lynch, TCD (Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award)
2012: Prof. John Foxe, USA (Distinguished Investigator Award)
2011: Prof. Brian Leonard, NUI Galway (Distinguished Investigator Award)

2016: Dr. Shane Hegarty, UCC (Early Career Investigator Award)
2013: Dr. Eric Downer, UCC (Early Career Investigator Award)
2012: Dr. Tobias Engel, RCSI (Early Career Investigator Award)

Tom Connor:


The NSI Distinguished Investigator Award is given in momory of our dear friend and former President of Neuroscience Ireland, Tom Connor, who passed away at too young an age in 2013.

We have lost an exceptional academic and, more importantly, a wonderful person who was kind, considerate and respectful to everyone he met. We are very fortunate to have worked with him, been taught by him, mentored by him, befriended by him and inspired by him. He will be greatly missed.”

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