YouCliN Research Award

for best independent, neuroscientific, clinical research publication

Guidelines for Application

  1. The YouCliN Research Award prizes are awarded for the best independent, neuroscientific, clinical research papers. The total prize fund is CHF 3,000 (1st prize CHF 2,000 / 2nd and 3rd prize CHF 500).
  2. Any neuroscientific paper published in 2020-22, either in Switzerland or by members of a Swiss institution during a research period abroad, is eligible to be considered for a prize. Invited lectures do not qualify for a prize.
  3. First authors, who are medical residents in neurology, neuropediatrics, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry (medical neuroscience), neuropsychologists and specialists up to 2 years after end of training in medical neuroscience or achieving specialization of any age working in Switzerland or being a member of a Swiss institution during a research period abroad, may be considered for a prize. At least 50% of their work should be clinical, alongside research. Established scientists (post-doctoral or professors) do not qualify. Only lead authors will be named as winners. But co-authors will be mentioned on the award certificate and in surrounding publicity.
  4. Candidates can directly apply by our website (Next edition in 2025)
  5. Applicants are requested to fill in the application online form and submit a CV, a motivational letter in English with less than 300 words and the neuroscientific paper itself.
  6. The shortlist of papers will be drawn up by a nominated jury (2 YouCliN members and 1 senior member). The jury will first select the most interesting paper for the YouCliN Award Session, which will comprise 6 presentations (8 mins. presentation, 2 mins. discussion). Both the scientific and the linguistic quality of each abstract will be taken into account. Abstracts which are not chosen for presentations will be considered for selection as E-poster presentations.
  7. At the YouCliN Award Session at the upcoming SFCNS Congress (28-30 September 2022, Basel), the jury will judge entries using the following quality criteria: originality, scientific methodology, relevance, and presentation style.
  8. The award ceremony takes place during the SFCNS Congress in Basel.


Registration is closed (Next edition in 2025)



We are very happy to announce the former winners of the 3rd YouCliN Research Award. Prizes were awarded to the best three independent clinical research papers presented at the YouCliN Award Session at the SFCNS Congress in Basel on 29th September 2022. Our warmest congratulations to all winners!



  • 1st place: K. Akeret: Anatomical phenotyping and staging of brain tumours (Brain, 2022), Zürich.
  • 2nd place: J. Müller: On the association between the choroid plexus volume and disease characteristics in multiple sclerosis (Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm, 2022), Basel.
  • 3rd place: A. Polymeris: Oral Anticoagulants in the Oldest Old with Recent Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation (Ann Neurol, 2022), Basel.



  • 1st place: A. Papadopoulou: Damage of the lateral geniculate nucleus in MS: assessing the missing node of the visual pathway (Basel).
  • 2nd place: VE Staartjes: Development and external validation of a machine learning-based prediction model for functional impairment after intracranial tumor surgery (Zürich).
  • 3rd place: TR Meinel: Endovascular stroke treatment and risk of intracranial haemorrhage and mortality in patients taking DOAC vs. VKA - Multicenter Registry, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Bern).