Travel Grants: Another seven early-career researchers receive awards

Researchers from Denmark, Greece, India, the United Kingdom and the United States receive grants to present their work at meetings around the world.
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The recipients of the last batch of eLife Travel Grants 2019 have been named. Mairin Balisi, Carmelo Bellardita, Ritu Gupta, Evangelia-Georgia Kostaki, Marcela Lipovsek, Claudia Moreno, and Trinh Tat will each receive up to $1,000 to present their work at a scientific meeting. The awards are open to early-career researchers who have published a paper in eLife.

Mairin Balisi (La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, USA) investigates how major ecological and environmental disturbances impact mammalian communities. She will travel to the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Brisbane, Australia, to present her work on the effects of Pleistocene megafaunal extinction and climatic transition on small to medium-sized carnivores in North America.

Carmelo Bellardita (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) will travel to the Motor Systems pre-SfN Symposium in Chicago, USA. He will present some promising results of a mouse-model study indicating a potentially curative treatment for the prevention of spasticity after spinal cord injury.

Ritu Gupta (Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru, India) will travel to the meeting on Yeast Research: Origins, Insights, Breakthroughs in Cold Spring Harbor, USA. Gupta studies the mechanisms that allow cells to regulate nutrient sensing and metabolic regulation with overall growth. At the meeting she will present her work on the effects of tRNA modification on carbon and nitrogen metabolism.

Evangelia-Georgia Kostaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece) will travel to the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology in Stockholm, Sweden. She will talk about her research into the steep decline in the number of new HIV transmissions among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Athens, following intervention programmes implemented in here after the 2012-2013 HIV outbreak among PWID.

Marcela Lipovsek (King's College London, UK) will be discussing her latest work on the comparative development of hindbrain auditory and vestibular nuclei at next year’s International Congress Neuroethology - Symposium: The evolution of sound localization circuits in land vertebrates in Lisbon, Portugal.

Claudia Moreno (University of Washington, USA) has previously demonstrated a novel mechanism of ion channel coupling in L-type calcium channels in neurons and heart muscle cells. She will travel to the Structural Basis of Electrical Signaling in the Nervous System and Heart in Valparaiso, Chile, to report new data on how this coupling is altered during aging in cardiac cells.

Trinh Tat (Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, USA) designed a high-resolution integrative analysis in order to precisely define cytoplasmic RNA recapping sites in mammalian cells. She will present the method and the results of experimental validation of its predictions at the Genome Informatics meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, USA.

The winners were selected by the following eLife editors: Anna Akhmanova, Ian Baldwin, Marianne Bronner, Eduardo Franco, Eve Marder, and Jessica Tyler. The next edition of the Travel Grants programme will be launched in early 2020.

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