Junior Investigator Award

The Junior Investigator Award is presented for the outstanding abstract presentation by a junior faculty member or trainee at the International 22q11.2 Biennial Conference. In recent years, two recipients are chosen each time - one for basic science and one for clinical research.

Note: In December, 2019, the Post-Doctoral Basic Science Junior Investigator Award was renamed the Scambler Junior Investigator Award.


Junior investigators are eligible for awards based on top oral presentations:

  • Pre-doctoral OR
  • No more than 5 years post graduate training (post-doctoral)
All junior investigators who wish to be considered for an award must identify themselves as such during the abstract submission process otherwise we have no way of distinguishing candidates for these awards.


  1. Pre-doctoral Clinical Research
  2. Pre-doctoral Basic Science Research
  3. Post-doctoral Clinical Research
  4. Post-doctoral Basic Science Research


  • Top junior investigator presentations will receive a certificate and travel stipend with free registration for the 2024 conference.
  • Top poster presentations will also receive recognition.

2018 Recipients: Lisanne Vervoort and Tracy Heung

Congratulations to Lisanne Vervoort and Tracy Heung, the two recipients of the Junior Investigator Award 2018! They received it at the International 22q11.2DS Biennial Conference in Whistler, Canada, on July 13th, 2018.

Lisanne's presentation was: "Optical Mapping of 22q11.2 Low Copy Repeats Reveals Structural Hypervariability", while Tracy's was on "Predictors of All-Cause Mortality in Adults with 22q11.2DS".

Tracy Heung, Ania Fiksinski, and Lisanne Vervoort

Tracy Heung, Pete Scambler, and Lisanne Vervoort

Previous recipients

2016 - Ania Fiksinski: "Autism Spectrum and Psychosis Risk in the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Findings From a Prospective Longitudinal Study" and Wolfram Demaerel: "An inversion polymorphism on chromosome 22q11.2 predisposes for 22q11 deletions"

2014 - Pamela Mudd: "22q11.2 deletion syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea"

2012 - Laurie Earls: "Age Dependent MicroRNA Modulation of Ca2+ Dynamics and Synaptic Plasticity in Mouse Models of 22q11.2DS"