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Human Brain Project Innovation Award granted to Pieter Roelfsema

31 March 2023

The 2023 Human Brain Project Innovation Award was granted to Pieter Roelfsema,  Congratulations! During the final Human Brain Project Summit in Marseille, the award was granted to Prof. Pieter Roelfsema and his team for building a brain prosthetic device to restore vision in people who have become blind later in life. The innovation evaluation committee emphasised: “The innovations we selected all had high societal impact, and this impact could not have come about if the work was not of very high quality.”

Pieter Roelfsema accepting innovation award 2023.

Photo by Maarten Schuth.

Roelfsema said: ‘I’m grateful to the people of the Human Brain Project, who made this competition possible and whose help went far beyond funding, in providing indispensable computational tools such as the virtual human brain atlas.”

The Human Brain Project launched the Innovation Awards to recognize project researchers in their role of ‘innovators’ and to honor science to help patients. The award will give internal and external visibility to their efforts towards the exploitation of their research results. The first Human Brain Project innovation award was granted first semester of 2021 to Viktor Jirsa and the Virtual Epileptic Patient (VEP) team.

We would also like to congratulate the other Innovation Award winners from 2022 and 2023, Viktor Jirsa, Marcello Massimini, Yannis Ioannidis and Philippe Ryvlin, for their groundbreaking work!

Read more about the Human Brain Project and the granted Innovation Awards.


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