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John Cryan Awarded Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award

Professor John Cryan, Head of Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork and Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute was awarded the “Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award” from Neuroscience Ireland at its biennial meeting held in NUI Galway this week.

Neuroscience Ireland (NI) is Ireland’s National Neuroscience Society with a membership in the region of 200 scientists and clinicians, and represents Ireland on the Governing Council of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). The biennial meeting serves as a multidisciplinary forum for knowledge and expertise sharing, thereby facilitating excellence in neuroscience research in Ireland. The Distinguished Investigator Award is given every two years alternating between an Irish or non-Irish based Neuroscientist. In 2013 it was renamed in honour of Prof. Tom Connor, a previous President of the Society who passed away far too young that year. Prof Cryan is the first UCC scientist to receive the award. “I am humbled to be recognized in such a manner from my peers” Prof Cryan said. “It is especially poignant and significant given that Tom Connor was a very good friend of mine and one of the most important neuroscientists this country produced”. Prof Cryan will deliver a Prize Lecture entitled “A Gut Feeling About Stress”.

Photo: Dr David Henshaw, RCSI, President of Neuroscience Ireland and Prof. John Cryan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork.