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Sussex neuroscientist wins international biomedicine award

A University of Sussex neuroscientist has been awarded the foremost prize for biomedical scientists in Europe under the age of 35.

Dr Tom Baden won the €20,000 2017 Eppendorf  Young Investigator Award for his ground-breaking research on what the eye tells the brain.

Dr Baden’s work examines visual information processing of natural inputs. In particular, he looks at signal processing in the retina – the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of our eye.

He says: "We are excited to provide a functional roadmap of how light entering the eye and impinging on millions of photoreceptor neurons ultimately results in a highly processed and parallelised representation of the visual world to be sent to the brain.

"I am deeply honoured by this award, which recognises a long-standing team effort."

The German life science company Eppendorf AG presents one award each year to a European researcher under the age of 35 who has made an exceptional contribution to biomedical science, based on molecular biology methods. The award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature.

Dr Baden, born in 1982, recently joined Sussex Neuroscience in the School of Life Sciences as a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience.

He gave a lecture during the official prize ceremony, which took place in Heidelberg on Thursday (22 June).

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Posted on behalf of: Sussex Neuroscience
Last updated: Friday, 23 June 2017

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