Aesculap EANS Research Prize



In 1997 the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and Aesculap decided to offer the Aesculap EANS Research Prize – an unique award for the best research paper in neuroscience.

As a result of the various sendings received in recent years we decided to offer two separate awards from 2008 onwards. One for the best clinical research paper and one for the best laboratory research paper.

Each research prize is annually awarded with 5,000 Euro for outstanding research from Aesculap. And presented during the EANS Congress to which the awardees will be invited to attend and to present their work.

Prize Outline

Prize Outline


Aesculap EANS Research Prize


Annually "Best Laboratory Research Paper and Best Clinical Research Paper"


  • Eligible are neurosurgeons under the age of 40 at the time of submitting, who are either fully trained or in the course of training
  • It's open to individual members of the EANS only
  • Manuscripts should contain research work – clinical or laboratory – relevant to the field of neuroscience
  • Accepted for the evaluation are published studies in the previous year (but not earlier) as well as unpublished studies
  • The applicant has to be the first author
  • NB: only single study entries will be accepted for review, it is not possible to evaluate "scientific achievement" based on eg. series of publications

Please refer to the eligibilty criteria stated on the EANS website here >>

Application Process

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for the annual Aesculap EANS Research Prize, submit your entry online via the EANS website: Click here to enter the submission page >> 

Past Winners

Past Winners

2022 – Dr. Nicolas Neidert, Germany – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"T-Cell Dysfunction in the Glioblastoma Microenvironment is Mediated by Myeloid Cells Releasing Interleukin-10"

2022 – Dr. Rene Post, Netherlands – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Ultra-early tranexamic acid after subarachnoid haemorrhage (ULTRA): a randomised controlled trial"

2021 – Dr. Basil Grueter, Switzerland – Best Laboratory Research Paper

“Patterns of Neointima Formation After Coil or Stent Treatment in a Rat Saccular Sidewall Aneurysm Model”

2021 – Dr. Kevin Akeret, Switzerland – Best Clinical Research Paper

“Cerebrospinal fluid drives subarachnoid hemorrhage related secondary brain injury”

2020 – Dr. Noorani Imran, UK – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"PiggyBac mutagenesis and exome-sequencing identify genetic driver landscapes and potential therapeutic targets of EGFR-mutant gliomas"

2020 – Dr. Raj Rahul, Finland – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Machine learning-based dynamic mortality prediction after traumatic brain injury"

2019 – Catharina Conzen, Germany – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"The acute phase of experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage: intracranial pressure dynamics and their effect on cerebral blood flow and autoregulation"

2019 – Daniel Delev, Germany/Bulgaria – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Surgical management of lower-grade glioma in the spotlight of the 2016 WHO classification system"

2018 – Joost Dejaegher, Belgium – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Characterization of PD-1 upregulation on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in human and murine gliomas and preclinical therapeutic blockade"

2018 – Tareq Juratli, Germany – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Clinical impact of TERT promoter mutation detection in cell-free tumor-derived DNA in patients with IDH wild-type glioblastomas – a pilot prospective study"

2017 – Thomas Wälchli – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Nogo-A regulates vascular network architecture in the postnatal brain"

2017 – Mathew J. Gallagher – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Fever worsens neurological outcome in patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury"

2016 – Dr. Ben Shofty – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Neurofibromin deficiency is linked to striatal dysfunction"

2016 – Dr. Katrin Rabiei – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Does subjective improvement in adults with intracranial arachnoid cysts justify surgical treatment?"

2015 – Hugh Sims-Williams – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Analgesic deep brain stimulation of the peri-aqueductal gray releases endogenous opioids in man"

2015 – Mario Ganau – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"A DNA-based nano-immunoassay for the label-free detection of glial fibrillary acidic protein in multicell lysates"

2014 – Dr. Adel Helmy – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Recombinant human interleukin-1 receptor antagonist in severe traumatic brain injury: a phase II randomized control trial" 

2013 – Dr. Ajmal Zemmar – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Neutralization of Nogo-A enhances synaptic plasticity in the rodent motor cortex and improves motor learning in vivo" 

2012 – Emilia Gaal, Finland – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Systematic comparison of vascular growth factors in the murine brain reveals placenta growth factor as prime candidate for central nervous system vascularization" 

2012 – Alfredo Conti, Italy – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"miRNA expression profiling in human gliomas: upregulated mir-363 increases cell survival and proliferation via gap-43 inhibition" 

2011 – Christian Senft, Germany – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Intraoperative MRI guidance and extent of resection in glioma surgery: a randomised, controlled trial" 

2011 – Tom Theys, Belgium – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Selectivity for three-dimensional shape and grasping related activity in the ventral premotor cortex" 

2010 – Miikka Korja, Finland – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Genetic Epidemiology of Spontaneous SAH – Nordic Twin Study" 

2010 – Antonio Di Ieva, Austria/Italy  – Best Laboratory Research Paper

 "The veins of the nucleus dentatus: anatomical and radiological findings" 

2009 – Bechir Jarraya, France – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Development of a new gene therapy for Parkinson's disease" 

2009 – Oliver Schnell, Germany – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Imaging of integrin avb3 expression in patients with malignant glioma by 18F Glacto-RGD positron emission tomography" 

2008 – Gerrit Schubert, Germany – Best Clinical Research Paper

"Acute vasospasm causes hypoperfusion immediately after subarachnoid hemorrhage – a Xenon contrast-enhandec CT study" 

2008 – Friederike Knerlich-Lukoschus, Germany – Best Laboratory Research Paper

"Force-dependent development of neuropathic central pain and time-related CCL2/CCR2 expression after graded spinal cord contusion injuries of the rat"  

2007 – Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, Spain

"Three-dimensional Structure of the White Matter of the Human Brain" 

2006 – Ming-Yuan Tseng, United Kingdom

"Acute Systemic Erythropoietin Therapy Reduces Cerebral Vasospasm and Delayed Ischemic Deficits after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Phase II Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controled Trial"  

2005 – Claudius Thomé, Germany 

"Outcame after less invasive surgery for decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis – a randomized comparison of unilateral laminotomy, bilateral laminotomy and laminectomy" 

2004 – Florence Lefranc, Belgium

"Combination of Cimetidine and Temozolamide induces significant increases in the survival periods of human U373 glioblastoma orthotopic xenograft-bearing nude mice as compared to Temozolamide alone" 

2003 – Nikunj Patel, United Kingdom

“Intra putaminal infusion of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor in Parkinson's disease: a two year clinical, cognitive and quality of life outcome study” 

2002 – Alexander Muacevic, Germany

"Image Guided Interstitial laser thermotherapy: A canine model evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging and quantitive autoradiography" 

2001 – Liana Beni-Adani, Israel

“A Peptide Derived From Activity-Depentent Neuroprotective Protein (ADNP) Amerliorates Injury Response in closed Head Injury in Mice” 

2001 – Ali Savas, Turkey

“The Effects of Conitnuous and Single-Dose Radiation on Choline Uptake in Organotypic Tissue Slice Cultures of Rabbit Hippocampus” 

2000 – Marcos Tatagiba, Germany

"Regeneration of auditory nerve following complete sectioning and intrathecal application of the IN-1 antibody." 

1999 – Andras Büki, Hungary

“Cysteine Proteases in Traumatically Induced Diffuse Axonal Injury – all Roads Lead to Disconnection?” 

1998 – Turker Ilic, Turkey

1997 – Peter Vajkoczy, Germany

"Inhibition of tumor growth, angiogenesis, and microcirculation by the novel Flk-1 inhibitor SU5416 as assessed by intravital multi-fluorescence videomicroscopy."