Upon the call for two 1000 € Awards in memory of Lina Obeid, we received applications from five PhD students. They were all eligible and reported top-rated publications.
Five members from our Scientific Board, after a careful evaluation of their highly qualified profiles, decided to award:

Johannes Morstein

from the Dept. of Chemistry, New York University, presenting the publication :

Morstein J, Hill RZ, Novak AJE, Feng S, Norman DD, Donthamsetti PC, Frank JA, Harayama T, Williams BM, Parrill AL, Tigyi GJ, Riezman H, Isacoff EY, Bautista DM, Trauner D. Optical control of sphingosine-1-phosphate formation and function, Nat Chem Biol. 2019 Jun;15(6):623-631.


Shah Alam

from LIMES Institute, University of Bonn, presented the publication:

Karunakaran I, Alam S, Jayagopi S, Frohberger SJ, Hansen JN, Kuehlwein J, Hölbling BV, Schumak B, Hübner MP, Gräler MH, Halle A, van Echten-Deckert G. Neural sphingosine 1-phosphate accumulation activates microglia and links impaired autophagy and inflammation. Glia. 2019 Oct;67(10):1859-1872.

The SLC sincerely congratulates with the two young winners and wishes them a bright future in the world of scientific research on Sphingolipids.

In view of the qualified publications of other candidates, the SLC has taken the decision to recognize their interest in our Association, by offering them a free Registration to the next Sphingolipid Club Meeting, to be held in September 2021, at Pozzilli, Italy.

The Sphingolipid Club is grateful to Myles Cabot for supporting one of the two Lina Obeid Awards


Shimon Gatt Awards

(two supported by the Sphingolipid Club, one supported by Myles Cabot Laboratory):

VALENTINA VOZELLA  (1000 €), University of California Irvine, USA
LIUBOV KALINICHENKO (1000 €), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
MICHAEL PULKOSKI (1000 €), Stanford University, USA

Participation to the 2019 FASEB SRC “The Lysophospholipid and Related Mediators”, Lisbon, Portugal, July 28-August 2, 2019

HIRA NIAZI (best short talk, 500 €), INSERM U970, Paris, France
VALENTINE YOLANDER (best poster, 300 €), Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

2019's award winners