2018 

The winning Topic Editors of the 2018 Spotlight Award are Dr Bernard Cohen, Dr Richard Lewis and Dr Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez for their Research Topic Vestibular Contributions to Health and Disease.

   Bernard Cohen   Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, United States

Bernard Cohen
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
New York, United States

   Richard Lewis     Harvard University, Cambridge, United States

Richard Lewis
Harvard University, Cambridge, United States

   Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez   Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Junta de Andalucía de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica (GENYO), Granada, Spain

Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez
Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Junta de Andalucía de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica (GENYO), Granada, Spain

Their research collection brings together powerful new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of common balance and orientation disorders. This includes the first-ever effective treatment for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, where people continue to feel off-balance long after a boat, plane or lengthy car journey.

To date, the collection has received more than 80 citations, 70,000 views and 9,000 downloads. Research on a cure for MdDS has also been celebrated in The Washington Post.

 
 
 

2017 

The winning Topic Editors of the 2017 Spotlight Award were Professors Lebedev, Opris and Casanova for their Research Topic entitled Augmentation of Brain Function: Facts, Fiction and Controversy.

   Mikhail Lebedev   Senior Research Scientist Duke University Durham, United States

Mikhail Lebedev
Senior Research Scientist
Duke University
Durham, United States

   Ioan Opris   Research Associate Professor University of Miami Coral Gables, United States

Ioan Opris
Research Associate Professor
University of Miami
Coral Gables, United States

   Manuel Fernando Casanova   Professor University of South Carolina Greenville, United States

Manuel Fernando Casanova
Professor
University of South Carolina
Greenville, United States

The project brought together 630 authors, publishing 149 papers and receiving more than 1.2 million views and downloads.

Their international conference Limitless! Augmentation of Brain Function took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Switzerland in September. The event explored the latest findings in cognition augmentation and the future of brain enhancement.