28th April 2020

Erin Schuman is elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences is recognizing Erin Schuman for her outstanding contributions to neuronal cell biology.

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Erin Schuman, director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt, Germany) to their membership. Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. The election results were announced on April 27, 2020.

When asked about how Schuman felt after receiving the phone call from the National Academy of Sciences last night she says: “I was very happy and honoured to be recognized. Societies like the NAS and Germany’s Leopoldina Academy are especially important during times of crisis- to provide valuable scientific information and advice to politicians and citizens.”

We congratulate Erin Schuman and all newly elected members, including Tobias Bonhoeffer, director of Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (Munich, Germany), Patrick Cramer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany) Anthony Hyman, director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (United Kingdom), Volker Springel, director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Munich, Germany) and Mark Stoneking, group leader at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany), on this outstanding achievement and honour.

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21st January 2020

Erin Schuman is awarded the 2020 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

The Louis-Jeantet foundation is recognizing Erin Schuman for her work on local protein synthesis at neuronal synapses.

The 2020 Louis-Jeantet Prizes are awarded to Erin Schuman, director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and jointly to Graziella Pellegrini and Michele de Luca, from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari” in Modena, Italy. The prize-winners are conducting fundamental and translational research that is of considerable significance for medicine. The award ceremony will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020.

The Louis-Jeantet Prizes

Every year, the Louis-Jeantet Prizes distinguish leading-edge researchers who are active in the member states of the Council of Europe.

As one of the best-endowed awards in Europe, the Louis-Jeantet Prizes foster scientific excellence. They are not intended solely as the recognition of work that has been completed, but also to encourage the continuation of innovative research projects. When the research being recognised is close to practical applications for combating illnesses affecting humankind, one of the Louis-Jeantet Prizes converts into a Jeantet-Collen Prize for Translational Medicine, supported by generous donations from the Désiré Collen Stichting.

The Louis-Jeantet Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Louis-Jeantet Foundation is the legacy of Louis Jeantet, a French businessman and a citizen of Geneva by adoption. The Foundation’s aim is to move medicine forward and to defend the role and identity of European biomedical research vs. international competition. Established in Geneva, the Foundation is part of an open Europe and devotes its efforts to recognizing and fostering medical progress for the common good.

24th July 2019

A new study featuring a collaboration between the Tchumatchenko and Schuman Labs, computational and experimental neuroscientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.

The original paper by Yombe Fonkeu, Nataliya Kraynyukova, Anne-Sophie Hafner, Lisa Kochen, Fabio Sartori, Erin M. Schuman, and Tatjana Tchumatchenko is entitled 'How mRNA Localization and Protein Synthesis Sites Influence Dendritic Protein Distribution and Dynamics’ was published on Tuesday, July 23rd in Neuron.

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16th May 2019

An interesting new paper from the Schuman lab at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. The paper by Anne-Sophie Hafner, Paul G. Donlin-Asp, Beulah Leitch, Etienne Herzog, and Erin M. Schuman is entitled ‘Local protein synthesis is a ubiquitous feature of neuronal pre- and postsynaptic compartments’ and will be published on May 17 in Science.

More information here and here.