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.

2022 Recipients: Daniel McGinn, Steven de Reuver, and Daniella Miller

Congratulations to Daniel McGinn, Steven de Reuver, and Daniella Miller, who received the 2022 Junior Investigator Award at the International 22q11.2DS Biennial Conference in Split, Croatia in June 2022.

Junior Investigators

Junior Investigator Award 2022 recipients with previous recipient and current 22q11.2 Society Trustees:
(Left to Right) Donna McDonald-McGinn, Anne Bassett, Bernice Morrow, Daniel McGinn (2022), Steven de Reuver (2022), Daniella Miller (2022), Lisanne
Vervoort (2018), Ann Swillen, and Peter Scambler

Previous recipients

2018 - Lisanne Vervoort: "Optical Mapping of 22q11.2 Low Copy Repeats Reveals Structural Hypervariability" and Tracy Heung: "Predictors of All-Cause Mortality in Adults with 22q11.2DS"

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"