Award ceremony 2017

On Friday, 19th May 2017, the Jung Foundation for Science and Research, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has awarded three prizes for outstanding achievements in medicine in Hamburg.

The Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine was awarded to Professor Dr. med. Tobias Moser, a neuroscientist from Göttingen, and Professor Nenad Ban, PhD, a structural biologist from Zurich. Tobias Moser carried out pioneering research into understanding human hearing and his work on the optogenetic cochlea implant has provided hope for people with hearing impairments. Nenad Ban received the award for his groundbreaking research in the structure and function of eukaryotic ribosomes, where dysfunctions can be associated with illnesses such as cancer or metabolic disorders.

The Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine went to Paris-based cellular microbiologist Professor Pascale Cossart, PhD. Her long-term, intensive research has opened up new treatment options for infectious diseases and helped to make the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes one of the most important model organisms in infection biology today.

The Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research was awarded to Dr. med. Lena Seifert from Dresden. Her work has focussed on identifying new immunotherapeutic approaches to improve the prognosis for pancreatic cancer in the long-term.

Two women were among the prize winners for the first time, which led the foundation to focus at the event on the general increase in the number of women involved in medical research. The well-attended event held in the Auditorium maximum at the Bucerius Law School was moderated by TV presenter and medical journalist Vera Cordes.

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Brain drain

The Jung Foundation is actively committed to combating the ‘brain drain,’ i.e. the tendency for highly qualified people to move abroad.

In 2017 the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award, which is worth 210,000 euros, honoured Dr. med. Lena Seifert from the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of the Technical University of Dresden.

Read more about the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research here.