I.Family researcher wins award


Nathalie Michels, from UGent in Belgium, won the Young Investigators United Award at the 21st European Congress on Obesity (ECO), which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, last month.

ECO is an annual event organised by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).  EASO established Young Investigators United (YIU) in 2006 to provide an informal community for young scientists to interact and collaborate with colleagues from around the world.

This year there were three entries in the EASO YIU Best Thesis Award category.  Nathalie was presented with the first place medal after defending her PHD, which used some data from the IDEFICS Study, on “The effect of chronic psychosocial stress on children’s health behaviour and body fatness” to a panel of judges.

Speaking after the presentation, Nathalie (pictured above at the I.Family exhibition stand at ECO) said, “I was a little nervous beforehand but I am so delighted to have won this award.  It is a nice reward for all the hard work!”

Nathalie has been working with the I.Family team at UGent since 2009 and co-authored a recent IDEFICS-linked paper on stress.

Congratulations Nathalie, from everyone at I.Family!

Find out more about what I.Family got up to at ECO 2014

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