TNQ’s Inspiring Science Award 2022 - IndiaBioscience


TNQ​’s Inspiring Science Award 2022 is now open for entries and will close at midnight, on 15 October, 2021. The award is given annually to young researchers for the best paper in the life sciences published from India in the previous year. This article tells more about the award and summarizes the results of its 2021 edition.

TNQ​’s Inspiring Science Award is given annually for the best paper in the life sciences published from India in the previous 12-month period. The award is open to scientists who are registered for a PhD or those within the first four years of their post-doctoral research.

The Inspiring Science Award 2022 is now open for entries and will close at midnight, on 15 October 2021.

2022 will be the sixth year of TNQ’s Inspiring Science Award, which has steadily gained recognition in the Indian life sciences community. The award aims to recognise and reward quality science, inspire scholarship, and encourage students of the life sciences to pursue excellence and to do significant and creative work. The jury consists of eminent scientists from around India who spend two months assessing the entries.

“The process of submission is simple and needs no recommendation, no nomination, or forward letter”, noted Anuranjan Anand, Associate Faculty and Chair, Neuroscience Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru in his address as the chief guest of the 2021 award ceremony held in January 2021.

The applications we receive are of impressive scope, spread and quality. For the last (2021) edition, the award received 554 entries from over 240 institutions across 100 cities in India. And the winner was…

Richa Mishra, for her paper​‘Targeting redox heterogeneity to counteract drug tolerance in replicating Mycobacterium tuberculosis’. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization, Geneva, who was the special guest at the 2021 awards function said to Mishra about her work, ​“It is a very interesting exploration that you have done on the concept of drug tolerance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis… there have been many drugs that have been postulated to have an impact on drug tolerance. The evidence that you provide for chloroquine definitely needs further exploration. The animal models seem to be promising. We need to take this work further and see if it can go into the clinic.”

Mishra’s research was conducted at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and her paper was published in AAAS’s Science Translational Medicine. She is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Microbiology and Microtechnology, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne.

The other finalists were:

For the Inspiring Science Award 2022, eight papers will be shortlisted by the jury for the top pick. All finalists will receive an Apple laptop and a citation. The winner will receive the ISA medal, a citation, and a travel fellowship to a conference of their choosing anywhere in the world. During the pandemic, and while travel is restricted, the winner will receive a cash award of INR 2,00,000 in lieu of the travel fellowship.

Please visit https://​isa​.tnq​.co​.in/ for more information.

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