Three ZNZ members have been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) professorship. The ZNZ congratulates Bigna Lenggenhager, Susanne Wegener and Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu.
Every year, the SNSF issues a call for proposals for SNSF assistant professorships. The funding enables researchers to build their own team and work toward realizing an independent research project. This year, 42 SNSF professorships were awarded to outstanding young researchers.
Dr. Bigna Lenggenhager of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, investigates multisensory and neural mechanisms underlying the sense of a bodily self and conditions, in which these mechanisms are disturbed.
Dr. med. Susanne Wegener of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, studies mechanisms underlying ischemia tolerance and vascular adaptations to ischemia. In a clinical project based on the analysis of patient imaging data, she plans to characterize novel imaging based predictors of therapeutic success in stroke.
Dr. med. Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu of the Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, focuses on a group of human Mendelian disorders called ciliopathies which are unified by shared genetic causes resulting in primary cilium dysfunction. Typical clinical presentations of ciliopathies include neurological involvement, retinal degeneration and renal fibrocystic disease.