Sophie de Seigneux is an SNF professor and a senior physician at the Nephrology Division of Geneva University Hospital (HUG), and is currently leading a project on "nephron loss and hypoxia" with the NCCR Kidney.CH. She and her fellow winner, Prof. Sara Meyer of Basel University Hospital, were selected by the SAMS jury for their outstanding contributions to the field of medical research.
The nomination submissions and the two scientists’ CVs testify to outstanding careers: after graduating in medicine, they both undertook postdoctoral studies abroad and secured third-party funding amounting to several million Swiss francs for their research projects. Their talents were recognised by the Swiss National Science Foundation through its Ambizione and Eccellenza programmes. Both of the prizewinners are now around 40 and have a family. They are involved in teaching and mentoring activities and have already received other awards.
The Stern-Gattiker Prize is named after two women with distinguished medical careers: Lina Stern (1878–1968), the first woman to hold a professorship at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, and Ruth Gattiker (born in 1923), who was among the first female professors appointed at the Faculty of Medicine in Zurich.
Congratulations to both winners!
Read the SAMS press release here.