Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Max Perutz Science Writing Award winner

Oct 2020: Many congratulations to our PhD student Maria Stavrou, who has received a commendation in the 2020 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing competition.

Dr Maria Stavrou

The Max Perutz Science Writing Award aims to support the career development of current MRC PhD students, helping them build their skills to become tomorrow’s leaders in discovery science. It also aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication.

Applicants, who are all MRC PhD students, were asked to write and submit an article about a research in their field, discuss why it matters, and do this in a format that would hold the interest of a non-scientific reader.

Maria Stavrou is an MRC clinical PhD fellow in CCBS, a Rowling Scholar at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, and a member of the UKDRI at Edinburgh and Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research.

Her essay, entitled 'Undoing the Straitjacket' about her research into motor neuron disease, received a commendation, and was in the top 5 among 140 entries.


The award this year was won by another University of Edinburgh PhD student, Sarah Taylor, from the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. Congratulations Sarah!

Related links

Maria Stavrou's profile on the Anne Rowling Clinic website

Max Perutz Science Writing Award - on the MRC website