Aesculap EANS Research Prize

Aesculap-EANS Research Prize


Aesculap EANS Research Prize 2020


Thanks to the generosity of B. Braun Aesculap, we are once again delighted to be awarding two awards of €5000 each! 

These awards are for research work relevant to the field of neuroscience; one award is for best clinical research paper, and one is for best laboratory research paper.

The winners will be invited to present their work at EANS2020 in Belgrade, 18 - 22 October 2020.


Submission for the 2020 Aesculap EANS Research Prize is closed.

Eligibility criteria:

  • open to neurosurgeons under the age of 40 at the time of submitting, who are either fully trained or in the course of training;
  • open to individual members of the EANS only;
  • manuscripts published in 2019 (but not earlier) as well as unpublished studies are accepted for the evaluation. They should contain research work − clinical or laboratory − relevant to the field of neuroscience.
    NB: only single study entries will be accepted for review, it is not possible to evaluate "scientific achievement" based on eg. series of publications.
  • shortlisted candidates will be required to attend the EANS Research Course (26 March 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland – registration fee will be waived) as participants and to present their work during the programme.


Required documents:

  • Application form: download it HERE.
  • Declaration signed by the author and also by her/his head of department stating that
    a) he/she has performed more than 50% of the work;
    b) such work was done mainly in Europe.
  • Short CV (max. 2 pages A4)
  • Manuscripts (in pdf, max. 5MB, format and type of manuscript must be comparable to those presented for publication in Acta Neurochirurgica)

The deadline for submissions is 10th December 2019.

If you have any questions please contact

The shortlisted candidates will be announced after the 19 of January 2020.


Testimonials from previous winners:

"I was delighted to discover I had won the Aesculap EANS research prize for best clinical research paper. Our research in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury hopes to improve treatment and outcomes for a group of patients in which meaningful clinical research has been neglected for a long time. I hope our paper and it’s recognition amongst our peers stimulates others to start research in this field. I would encourage all young researchers to consider entering their work for this prize, it offers an opportunity to showcase your work to the wider neurosurgical community and get recognition for your hard work." Mathew Gallagher, 2017 (Best Clinical Research Paper)


"The EANS Aesculap research prize presented me with an amazing opportunity to showcase my research in front of the top neurosurgeons in the world. This sort of exposure, together with the vote of confidence of the prize committee, is a major career building moment. 

On the personal level it was a much needed moral support for me and my family, following all the sacrifices that come with a neurosurgical residency. I would definitely recommend applying and competing for this prestigious award, as it is a game-changer on both the personal and professional levels." Ben Shofty, 2016 (Best Laboratory Research Paper)


"The Aesculap EANS Research Prize allows clinician researchers from within the field of neurosurgery to showcase their work to the European neurosurgical community.  My work used PET imaging to demonstrate endogenous opioid release during peri-aquaductal gray stimulation.  The €5000 prize money that I received has allowed me invest in developing myself further as a neurosurgeon and scientist.  I would recommend all neurosurgeons carrying out laboratory or clinical research to submit their papers to the EANS for an opportunity to have your work recognised and celebrated, and the subsequent opportunities that may follow." Hugh Sims-Williams, 2015

“Being the recipient of the Aesculap Award for the best laboratory paper has certainly upgraded my scientific career, opening me new horizons both in terms of international collaborations, as well as in terms of working opportunities in Europe and North America. ... The evaluation process itself guarantees an outstanding quality of the manuscripts submitted for consideration, and ensures that the finalists, eventually presented at the EANS Congress, are of interest to the entire neurosurgical community. If I were to give one piece of advice to all my fellow EANS colleagues, I would suggest keeping the idea of applying for this award in the back of their mind, and focusing on it very early during the drafting of their research and preparation of their manuscripts. I’m sure that they all know how much research can be tough and demanding, but also exciting and inspiring; so that aspiring to this award will, in the long run, make their research and writing efforts much more entertaining and rewarding.  This said, can I just wish good luck to all the prospective applicants: trust me when I say that is gonna be fun!”  Mario Ganau, 2015

“The Award and the awarded research generated a fair amount of interest among SAH patients, colleagues, and relatives of SAH patients. I believe that it has also helped me obtain research funding and thus carry on my research activities. Even though I certainly would like to take all the credits for the awarded research, I have to admit that especially Professors Jaakko Kaprio and Markku Koskenvuo played a crucial role in this research. For other "young" scientists and research fellows, I cannot come up with any other advice than encouraging them to network as much as possible. Having said this, don't hesitate to contact for example Professors Juha Hernesniemi, Mika Niemelä or Aki Laakso from Helsinki University Central Hospital, or Michael Morgan or Marcus Stoodley from Macquarie Neurosurgery, Sydney, if you are interested in cerebrovascular research. I would like to thank once more Braun-Aesculap and EANS for the support, and wish luck to all future applicants!” Miikka Korja, 2010

As a winner of the EANS-Aesculap research award, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the EANS and their sponsor Aesculap who are willing to support young researchers in neurosurgery. This prize allowed me to work as a research fellow at the epilepsy center in Grenoble with Prof S Chabardes. I got the opportunity to discover the technique of stereoEEG recordings, their clinical implications and numerous possibilities with respect to research. Furthermore, we worked on a project in epilepsy surgery patients. I am convinced that my future research will certainly benefit from collaboration between our centers and would advise any young ‘neurosurgeon-researcher’ to apply for this prize! Thanks again for the award! Tom Theys, 2011.

For a list of previous prize winners please click here