Hubert Vaudry and Albert Heck have been awarded the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2006.
About the laureates
Hubert Vaudry (born 1946) is the scientific director of the Laboratoire de Neuroendocrinologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire at the University of Rouen. Dr Vaudry has built up a renowned research institute with more than 400 scientists in the disciplines of physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, and physics. He also collaborates with the Nijmegen Institute for Neurosciences. Dr Vaudry will use some of the Descartes-Huygens Prize to organise an international conference on neuro-endocrinology in 2010, in collaboration with the Dutch professors Ron de Kloet, Peter Burbach, and Eric Roubos (Universities of Leiden, Utrecht, and Nijmegen, respectively).
Albert Heck (born 1964) is a professor at Utrecht University and scientific director of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre. His research focuses on developing and implementing mass spectrometry, a method of analysis that allows rapid fingerprinting of the many thousands of proteins produced in the human body. Charting the identity, composition, structure, function, and interaction of proteins is an important part of determining their role in health and disease. The Descartes-Huygens Prize will allow Prof. Heck to pursue his collaboration with French researchers, particularly with the research teams at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGMCB) and the Université Louis Pasteur (both in Strasbourg).