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Award 2012

The young scientists competition for the PG Kostyuk Foundation Award was announcedonce again in 2012. There were submitted 12 applications from young scientists from different science institutions of Ukraine:  Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University; DanyloHalytskyLviv National Medical University; Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University; Crimea State Medical University named after S. I. Georgievsky and Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology. After long-term discussioncouncil of the Foundation adopted a decision concerning the winner at the day before the opening of II International Symposium "Molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission regulation. Alina Savotchenko, a research fellow of the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, became the laureate of the 2012 PG Kostyuk Fund Award.
Grand awarding ceremony took place on the opening of II International Symposium "Molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission regulation (October 6-9, 2012, Kyiv), devoted to 80-th anniversary of the birth of Volodymyr Ivanovych Skok, a prominent neuroscientist, a close friend of Platon Hryhorovych.

Deputy Director of the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Nana Voitenko, gave a speech concerning the award and functioning of the Kostyuk Foundation. She claimed: The PG Kostyuk Foundation determined the winner of the competition for the second time since its inception. Platon G. Kostyuks students, that working and living abroad Ukraine, created a fund to promote the development of physiology in Ukraine because this branch of science is fundamental for medical research and health care. The Foundation aims to support young Ukrainian physiologists. This year, deciding on the winner, Supervisory Board used following criteria: originality and innovation activities; the ability to do everything possible with available resources; the significance of the results; scientific achievements and level of publications. By these criteria Alina Savotchenko, junior researcher of the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, became the winner. I ask Oleg Krishtal, Director of the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, to presenta diploma and a cash prize.

Director of Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology of the NASU Oleg O. Krishtal, stated, that he highly appreciates contributions from every person that supported PG Kostyuk Foundation. He emphasized that he expects that the work of the Foundationwill be successfully continuedin the future.

Honorary Chairman of the Symposium, the president of the Ukrainian Society for Neuroscience congratulated the winner of this year contest Alina Savotchenko. He wished her further successful steps in her life and scientific career and passed her the diplomaand a cash prize.

Famous scientists - participants of the symposium and fellowsofPlatonKostyuk- attended the award ceremony. During the symposium they all presented interesting research reports.

Prof. Piotr Bregestovski, Director of Research, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, Marseille, France.

Prof. Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin, Germany.

Prof. David Brown, Principal Research Fellow, UCL, London, UK.

This remarkable event has not left indifferent many Ukrainian fellows and students of PlatonKostyuk. From left to right: a scientific secretary and deputy director of Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology Dr. Valery Kyenko and a professor of Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ukraine and the Royal University of Belfast , United Kingdom, Alexander Zholos.

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