Early Investigator Prize 

The Journal of Physiology is pleased to offer an Early Investigator Prize. This initiative is designed to reward early career authors who publish outstanding research papers in The Journal. It is sponsored by both The Journal and our publishers Wiley-Blackwell.

The winning entries for this prize will be announced in The Journal of Physiology, on The Journal’s website and in Physiology News. The presentation of the 2016 winners will be made in 2017.

  • Applications are invited from scientists who are authors of a research article published in The Journal of Physiology during the prize year;
  • Entrants can be PhD students;
  • Entrants must have received their research degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) less than 6 years before submitting a paper;
  • Entrants who have had a career break should demonstrate that they have been in active research for fewer than six years in total since receiving their degree;
  • Where entrants have both an MD and PhD, the date of the most recently awarded degree will be applied;
  • Entries will be judged from the articles published during the year in The Journal of Physiology, by the Editorial Board;
  • The first prize will be $1000 and there are two runner’s up prizes of $500 each;
  • Where more than one Early Investigator has contributed to a winning paper, the prize will be split on the advice of the senior author;
  • Authors will be asked about their eligibility to enter this competition during submission.

If you meet the criteria of the above and wish to be considered for this Prize, at this stage please email jphysiol@physoc.org stating your name, qualifications and citing the volume and page numbers of The Journal in which your article is published. We will then log your interest and be in touch with you in due course.

2015 Results


Calum Wilson - Pressure-dependent regulation of Ca2+ signalling in the vascular endothelium, by Calum Wilson, Christopher D. Saunter, John M. Girkin, John G. McCarron, J Physiol December 15, 2015 593 (24) 5231–5253

Runners Up

Esther Krook-Magnuson and Caren Armstrong - In vivo evaluation of the dentate gate theory in epilepsy, by Esther Krook-Magnuson, Caren Armstrong, Anh Bui, Sean Lew, Mikko Oijala, Ivan Soltesz, J Physiol May 15, 593 (10) 2379–2388

David Morales-Alamo - Limitations to oxygen transport and utilization during sprint exercise in humans: evidence for a functional reserve in muscle O2 diffusing capacity by José A. L. Calbet, José Losa-Reyna, Rafael Torres-Peralta, Peter Rasmussen, Jesús Gustavo Ponce-González, A. William Sheel, Jaime de la Calle-Herrero, Amelia Guadalupe-Grau, David Morales-Alamo, Teresa Fuentes, Lorena Rodríguez-García, Christoph Siebenmann, Robert Boushel, Carsten Lundby, J Physiol October 15, 593 (20) 4649–4664

Previous Winners



Feng Yi - Direct excitation of parvalbumin-positive interneurons by M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors: roles in cellular excitability, inhibitory transmission and cognition, by  Feng Yi, Jackson Ball, Kurt E. Stoll, Vaishali C. Satpute, Samantha M. Mitchell, Jordan L. Pauli, Benjamin B. Holloway, April D. Johnston, Neil M. Nathanson, Karl Deisseroth, David J. Gerber, Susumu Tonegawa and J. Josh Lawrence, J Physiol August 15, 2014 592 (16) 3463-3494

Runners Up

Noah J. Marcus - Carotid body denervation improves autonomic and cardiac function and attenuates disordered breathing in congestive heart failure, by Noah J. Marcus, Rodrigo Del Rio, Evan P. Schultz, Xiao-Hong Xia and Harold D. Schultz, J Physiol January 14, 2014 592 (2) 391-408

Rodrigo Del Rio - Carotid body denervation improves autonomic and cardiac function and attenuates disordered breathing in congestive heart failure, by Noah J. Marcus, Rodrigo Del Rio, Evan P. Schultz, Xiao-Hong Xia and Harold D. Schultz, J Physiol January 14, 2014 592 (2) 391-408




Lasse Gliemann - Resveratrol blunts the positive effects of exercise training on cardiovascular health in aged men, by Lasse Gliemann, Jakob Friis Schmidt, Jesper Olesen, Rasmus Sjørup Biensø, Sebastian Louis Peronard, Simon Udsen Grandjean, Stefan Peter Mortensen, Michael Nyberg,  Jens Bangsbo, Henriette Pilegaard and Ylva Hellsten, J Physiol October 14, 2013 591 (20) 5047–5059

Runners Up

Aiste Adomaviciene - Putative pore-loops of TMEM16/anoctamin channels affect channel density in cell membranes, by Aiste Adomaviciene, Keith J. Smith, Hannah Garnett and Paolo Tammaro, J Physiol July 18, 2013 591 (14) 3487–3505

Daniel Wilkinson - Effects of leucine and its metabolite β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate on human skeletal muscle protein metabolism, by D. J. Wilkinson, T. Hossain, D. S. Hill, B. E. Phillips, H. Crossland, J. Williams, P. Loughna, T. A. Churchward-Venne, L. Breen, S. M. Phillips, T. Etheridge, J. A. Rathmacher, K. Smith, N. J. Szewczyk and P. J. Atherton, J Physiol May 31, 2013 591 (11) 2911–2923




Rahul Agrawal - Metabolic syndrome' in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition, by Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, J Physiol May 15, 2012 590 (10) 2485–2499

Runners Up 

Andrés Hernández - Dietary nitrate increases tetanic [Ca2+]i and contractile force in mouse fast-twitch muscle, by Andrés Hernández, Tomas A. Schiffer, Niklas Ivarsson, Arthur J. Cheng, Joseph D. Bruton, Jon O. Lundberg, Eddie Weitzberg andHåkan Westerblad, J Physiol July 27, 2012 590 (15) 3575–3583

Takashi Matsui - Brain glycogen supercompensation following exhaustive exercise, by Takashi Matsui, Taro Ishikawa, Hitoshi Ito, Masahiro Okamoto, Koshiro Inoue, Min-chul Lee, Takahiko Fujikawa, Yukio Ichitani, Kentaro Kawanaka and Hideaki Soya, J Physiol January 27, 2012 590 (3) 607–616

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Editor's Choice

1 March - Volume 595 Issue 5

Chloride goes through TMEM16A channels with permission from Ca2+ and encouragement from protons
Francisco V. Sepúlveda

Increasing pulmonary blood flow at birth: the nerve of the baby
Noah H. Hillman

Diet‐induced dysmotility and neuropathy in the gut precedes endotoxaemia and metabolic syndrome: the chicken and the egg revisited
Yvonne Elikplim Akua Nyavor, Onesmo Begira Balemba

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational obesity
Catherine E. Aiken, Susan E. Ozanne

Extracellular protons enable activation of the calcium‐dependent chloride channel TMEM16A
Silvia Cruz‐Rangel, José J. De Jesús‐Pérez, Iván A. Aréchiga‐Figueroa, Aldo A. Rodríguez‐Menchaca, Patricia Pérez‐Cornejo, H. Criss Hartzell, Jorge Arreola

Resveratrol supplementation of high‐fat diet‐fed pregnant mice promotes brown and beige adipocyte development and prevents obesity in male offspring
Tiande Zou, Daiwen Chen, Qiyuan Yang, Bo Wang, Mei‐Jun Zhu, Peter W. Nathanielsz, Min Du

Vagal denervation inhibits the increase in pulmonary blood flow during partial lung aeration at birth
Justin A. R. Lang, James T. Pearson, Corinna Binder‐Heschl, Megan J. Wallace, Melissa L. Siew, Marcus J. Kitchen, Arjan B. te Pas, Robert A. Lewis, Graeme R. Polglase, Mikiyasu Shirai, et al

A unifying hypothesis for M1 muscarinic receptor signalling in pyramidal neurons
Sameera Dasari, Corey Hill, Allan T. Gulledge

Western diet induces colonic nitrergic myenteric neuropathy and dysmotility in mice via saturated fatty acid‐ and lipopolysaccharide‐induced TLR4 signalling
François Reichardt, Benoit Chassaing, Behtash Ghazi Nezami, Ge Li, Sahar Tabatabavakili, Simon Mwangi, Karan Uppal, Bill Liang, Matam Vijay‐Kumar, Dean Jones, et al