Biomedical scientist Aurélie Carlier and neuroscientist Kay Dekkers have been nominated for the election of New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2021. The non-specialist scientific journal has selected a total of fifteen researchers from dozens who were put forward by the universities.
Carlier designed a virtual patient that doctors can use to get a better idea of broken bones and to design new therapies. Dekkers mapped out what reduces and increases the chances of dementia. On the basis of this, everyone can get a personal score to see how fit their brain is.
From 20 April to 3 May, the public can vote for the best candidate on www.newscientist.nl/polls/new-scientist-wetenschapstalent-2021/. From the five remaining candidates, a jury will choose a top three. New Scientist will announce the winner, who will receive 2,500 euro, in the Balie on 10 June.