Christine Beattie Award

Christine Beattie

The Christine Beattie Travel Award has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Christine Beattie (1965 – 2018) and her commitment to training the next generation. Christine was a developmental neurobiologist who made numerous contributions to our understanding of neuromuscular development and disease using the zebrafish model. During her postdoctoral years with Judith Eisen at the University of Oregon, Christine began working on zebrafish motoneuron development, research she continued as an independent investigator at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Christine expanded her studies to understand how motor axons are disrupted in neuromuscular disease, specifically Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and developed one of the most genetically accurate zebrafish models of a human disease.

The fund was established by generous donations from Christine’s many colleagues and friends.

The Christine Beattie Travel Award will fund travel awards to the International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC), usually held in June, for a postdoctoral fellow in the first three years of their training and/or a graduate student who has demonstrated research excellence in any area of zebrafish research. At the time of the meeting, grad student applicants should be about to start their 3rd (or greater) year of graduate school.

Awardees must be giving an oral or poster presentation at the meeting. IZFS membership is required and special consideration may be given to trainees doing research in developmental neurobiology and/or neuromuscular disease. The number of awards will depend on funds available and may vary from year to year. Applicants must submit a cover letter (1 page or less), CV, their submitted abstract, and a letter of recommendation from their current advisor. Applications are accepted March-April, with award notification May.

Christine Beattie Award Recipient

2019 - Laura Desban
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM), France