Cecilia Lindgren, Career Development Fellow at the WTCHG, has been awarded the first Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics. Dr Lindgren received the inaugural prize in Helsinki, Finland on August 26, 2013 ‘for her work on applying genetics and genomics to dissect the etiology of type 2 diabetes, obesity and fat distribution’.
The €10 000 international prize, funded by the Leena Peltonen Memorial Fund of Finland’s Paulo Foundation, was established to recognise scientists who are in the early phases of their independent careers. It is named in honour of the leading Finnish geneticist Professor Leena Peltonen, who at her death in 2010 at the age of 57 held appointments at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland and the Broad Institute, Cambridge, USA.
‘Selecting the best candidate was a tough job for our committee, given the great availability of talent in the field. Cecilia clearly stood out, and was a perfect representation of the values and vision that Leena brought and fought for in the human genetics community’, says Dr Manolis Dermitzakis, director of the Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics and member of the selection committee. The citation for her award also cited Lindgren’s ability to ‘combine top-notch science, an international life, exceptional social skills and a family life in a remarkable way.’
Dr Lindgren is currently Scholar in Residence at the Broad Institute.