Forum for specialised decision making: the Scientific Advisory Board

Forum for specialised decision making: the Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is made up of high-ranking scientists in Germany and abroad. It is a long-standing tradition that it also consists of former awardees at all times. They now support the Jung Foundation for Science and Research, which had previously supported them in their research – a gesture of esteem and gratitude.


The Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board is Professor Dr. rer. nat. Reinhard Jahn. He is a biologist and director of the Neurobiology Department at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and honorary professor at the University of Göttingen. His work focuses on protein research, especially in the field of neurotransmitters. Professor Jahn was awarded with the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine in 2006.

Professor Dr. med. F. Ulrich Hartl is director of the Cellular Biochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich-Martinsried. Born in Essen in 1957, the fields of research he focuses on include neurodegenerative diseases. He was an Ernst Jung awardee in 2005, together with Ernst Hafen.


Roland MartinProfessor Dr. med. Roland Martin works at the Clinic for Neurology at the University Hospital Zurich, where he is head of neuroimmunology and MS research. His work in restoring the immune system tolerance of MS patients sets new standards in personalised treatment.



Professor Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Ulrich Moritz works at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Hamburg and organises the exchange of information between the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board, making him a member of both committees. His special attention to promoting the quality of science is a major aspect of his professional work as well as his voluntary position with the Foundation.


Professor Dr. med. Christian Büchel is Director of the Institute for Systemic Neurosciences at the University Hospital of Hamburg-Eppendorf. His research activities deal with the functions of the human brain, especially with learning and memory in connection with emotions. Professor Büchel was awarded with the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine in 2011.


Professor Elisa Izaurralde leads the Department of Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level, with particular emphasis on mRNA surveillance, turnover and silencing in animal cells. She is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (2008) and of the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine (2012).


Professor Ruth Lehmann, PhD, is a Laura und Isaac Perlmutter Professor and Chairwoman of the Department of Cell Biology as well as Director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. Furthermore, she is working as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her work focuses on Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology in particular.

40 Years of Excellence in Medecine

For further information about the Jung-Stiftung and it's history please refer to the booklet of the jubilee 2016, which you can download below as a PDF: