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GSCN 2019 Publication of the Year Award for Prof. Magdalena Götz

Prof. Magdalena Götz, The Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, and Dr Germán Camargo Ortega of the Cell System Dynamics Group at ETH Zurich won the “2019 Publication of the Year Award” presented by the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN). The prize recognizes the importance of their publication "The centrosome protein Akna regulates neurogenesis via microtubule organization" in the journal Nature.

Image (left to right): Daniel Besser, CEO GSCN; Nico Lachmann, MHH; Anne Grapin-Botton, MPI Dresden; Germán Camargo Ortega, Helmholtz Zentrum München / ETH Basel; Ana Martin-Villalba, DKFZ; Hartmut Geiger, President GSCN © GSCN / Ausserhofer

Götz and Camargo Ortega received the award for their discovery of the crucial role of the protein Akna. They found that Akna influences the decision of a stem cell on whether to differentiate and, if yes, how it will differentiate. Moreover, the team observed that Akna controls the behavior of neural stem cells via a mechanism that might also be important for the formation of metastases.

The GSCN was founded in 2013 and aims to better network, support and disseminate its scientific research to a broad public. It pays special attention to the promotion of early-career researchers and outstanding female scientists.

More information about the award can be found in GSCN’s press release.

Camargo Ortega G et al. (2019):  „The centrosome protein Akna regulates neurogenesis via microtubule organization“, 2019, Nature 567, 113–117, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-0962-4