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EMBO elected 62 outstanding life scientists to its membership, joining a group of more than 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world.

“EMBO Members are leading scientists working across all of the life sciences. They also strengthen the research community in Europe and beyond through their international collaborations and connections,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

“EMBO membership means a huge recognition for the excellence of a researcher. It fills us with great pride that VIB group leaders Jenny Russinova from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology and Patrik Verstreken from the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain&Disease Research were elected as EMBO member”, adds VIB Managing Director Jo Bury.

The members are actively involved in the execution of the organization’s initiatives by serving on EMBO Council, Committees and Editorial Boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities. The new EMBO Members and Associate Members will be formally welcomed at the Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 24 and 26 October 2018. More info here

Jenny Russinova and Patrik Verstreken aren’t the first VIB group leaders being elected EMBO members. Previously this honor also went to VIB group leaders Peter Carmeliet, Bart De Strooper, Dirk Inzé, Dietmar Schmucker and Pierre Vanderhaeghen, visiting scientists at VIB Cédric Blanpain and Shoshana Wodak and to former VIB group leaders Claudia Bagni, Carlos Dotti, Jiri Friml, Bassem Hassan, Salvador Moncada, Désiré Collen, Walter Fiers, Willy Min Jou, Joël Vandekerckhove and Marc Van Montagu.

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