Nominations open for 2019 Brain Prize

16th May 2018

Nominations are now open for the € 1 million prize, The Brain Prize, which is awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation. Call for Nominations is open until 1st September 2018.

The Brain Prize recognizes highly original and influential advances in research on the nervous system, covering all aspects from fundamental studies to research related to understanding and treatment of diseases of the brain and other parts of the nervous system. The prize may be awarded to one or shared by two or three scientists who have distinguished themselves through publication of outstanding results in the field of brain research. The prize may in extraordinary cases be awarded to four or more researchers. Nominees can be of any nationality and working in any part of the world.

It was awarded for the eighth time this year, to Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, Christian Haass and John Hardy for their work on Alzheimer’s Disease. 

There has been criticism with the lack of diversity amongst the prize winners in the previous years – all 23 winners since 2013 have been men. A recent post by the Brainprize twitter account ascribes this to a gender imbalance in nominations – In 2018, 19% of the nominees were women.

How to nominate

The Prize will recognize a highly original and influential advance in brain research. If several researchers have contributed significantly to this achievement, more than one individual may be nominated.

Call for Nominations is open until 1st September 2018.


Please follow all instructions, otherwise the nomination will be deemed incomplete and invalid:

  • All nominations must be submitted in English
  • Please provide all information requested on the form
  • All nominations must be submitted electronically

Please note that duplicate nominations are not encouraged. If several virtually identical nominations are received only the first will be taken into consideration!

This Prize is intended to raise the visibility of neuroscience and to be a stimulus to this important field of research. The Selection Committee seeks your help in securing nominations of the highest quality. Please consider nominating one or more individuals, and feel free to forward this message to others, anywhere in the world, who might be prepared to nominate. Nominations under active consideration by the Selection Committee will be retained for a further 2 years, unless specifically withdrawn by the nominator. Renomination of previous nominees is possible and encouraged.

For full information, please visit

 Enquiries about the nomination procedure should be directed to:

The Lundbeck Foundation
Scherfigsvej 7
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø


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