Merial Award Parasitology

The board of the Netherlands Society for Parasitology (NVP) and Merial B.V. have introduced the Merial Award for Parasitology in 1996.

To the appreciation and stimulation of scientific research in the field of veterinary and medical parasitology the Merial Award will be given to researchers originating from Belgium, The Netherlands or Luxembourg (Benelux).


  • 2015 Dr. Petra Mens
  • 2014 Dr. Pierrick Uzureau
  • 2013 Dr. Stijn Deborggraeve
  • 2012 Dr. Teun Bousema
  • 2011 Dr. Johannes Charlier
  • 2010 Dr. Tine Huyse
  • 2009 Dr. Peter Geldhof 
  • 2008 Dr. Taco Kooij 
  • 2007 Dr. Stefan Magez 
  • 2005 Dr. Filip Claes
  • 2004 Dr. Niko Speybroeck
  • 2003 Dr. Véronique Hannaert
  • 2001 Dr. Milly van Dijk
  • 2000 Dr. Jaap van Hellemond
  • 1999 Dr. Lisette van Lieshout
  • 1998 Dr. Edwin Claerebout
  • 1997 Dr. Maria Yazdanbakhsh
  • 1996 Prof. Dr. Lodewijk Tielens
Merial award

The Merial Award is a competitive prize for young researchers who have made innovative contributions to the fields of veterinary or medical Parasitology. Scientists younger than 40 years of age who have completed their PhD studies and performed additional parasitological research of outstanding quality thereafter are eligible. Along with the certificate honouring the achievement, the winner will receive € 3000. The award is intended to encourage continued professional ambition in parasitology in the Benelux, and to reward scientific quality and active dissemination of results in (inter)national settings.

Rules and regulations

The board of the NVP will yearly choose a committee that will decide upon nominating the candidates. This committee will exist of:

- three members of the NVP with a veterinary or a medical signature
- the chairman of the Belgium Society for Parasitology
- a representative of Merial B.V.

The chairman of the committee will be appointed by the board of the NVP. The decision of the committee must also be confirmed by the board of the NVP.


The prize-giving ceremony will take place during the annual Spring Meeting of the Netherlands Society for Parasitology. Candidates should be prepared to attend this meeting in order to accept the prize personally.

Entries / Submission

The Merial Award will be presented to a researcher in the field of veterinary or medical parasitology. Candidates from the Benelux who think they might qualify for the Merial Award, and those who want to recommend a prospective candidate. The recommendation (preferably by email) should be accompanied with full information and documentation on research and other activities of the candidate.

Send proposals to:

Prof.dr. A.G.M. Tielens
Department Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Utrecht University
PO Box 80176
3508 TD Utrecht, the Netherlands
tel: *-31-30-253 5380

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