On May 4, the Jung Foundation honored its 2023 laureates in a small circle at the Anglo-German Club on the Hamburg Außenalster. In a familiar atmosphere, the members of the Board of Trustees presented the prizes to the laureates and laudatios were held by the Scientific Advisory Board. Speeches of thanks were held and people exchanged ideas over dessert.

With the following videos we would like to give you an insight into this special award ceremony, which took place for the first time in two years. We thank all participants for this wonderful evening!

You can watch a presentation on the research results of this year's award winners here on our symposium page.




Professor Özlem Türeci

We are very happy to award this years Jung Prize for Medicine to the physician, scientist and founder Professor Özlem Türeci from BioNTech. She receives the award for her pioneering research into immunology and mRNA technology. Her research not only contributed to the development of the first approved vaccine against COVID-19, but also brought potential new personalised treatments for cancer patients from research into clinical development. Along with the award, Özlem Türeci receives 300,000 euros, which she can use for further research as she sees fit. Congratulations!

Laudatio Professor Boehm

Acceptance Speech Professor Türeci




Dr Achmed Mrestani

The 2023 Jung Career Advancement Award goes to a researcher who has examined the previously largely unexplored influence of point mutations in the CACNA1A gene on the architecture and function of synapses and who hopes that this will provide new insight into pathogenesis as well as possible approaches to future treatments for epilepsy and headache disorders: Dr Achmed Mrestani from the Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology at University of Leipzig Medical Center. With his work, which he has undertaken as a clinician scientist as part of a collaboration between the Neurological Clinic and the Rudolf Schönheimer Institute of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Leipzig, the young physician and scientist attracted the attention of the Jung Foundation and will now receive a total of 210,000 euros over the next three years which he can use to finance his own research project. We congratulate him warmly!

Laudatio Professor Büchel

Acceptance Speech Dr Mrestani




Professor Stefan Rose-John

With the 2023 Jung Gold Medal for Medicine, the Jung Foundation for Science and Research is honouring one of the most widely recognised and cited German scientists, both within Germany and internationally. Professor Stefan Rose-John, most recently active at the University of Kiel, receives the award for his groundbreaking scientific work on the signalling effect of the interleukin-6 cytokine and the clinical application of his findings in inflammatory medicine and oncology. His research has already facilitated the development of new types of medication and treatment approaches and will enable direct benefits for patients in the future. Along with the prize, he will receive a scholarship of 30,000 euros, which he can award to a young researcher of his choice. Congratulations!


Laudatio Professor Brüning

Acceptance Speech Professor Rose-John