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We cordially invite you to the digital Ernst Jung Symposium for Medical Research 2021, where we will award the winners of our Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine and the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award. It will take place on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

Join us for the Award Ceremony from 2 p.m. onwards and listen to the the presentations of our award-winning researchers starting at 4 p.m.

The Ernst Jung Symposium will take place for the first time in 2021 and will show how research bridges the gap to the patient's bedside. It is intended to honour the research work of our award winners and to communicate their achievements to interested participants, to provide insights and to inspire and motivate physicians, researchers and young medical professionals.

Register for the Ernst Jung Symposium without obligation. This will give you access to the digital award ceremony as well as the presentations of the award winners. To register, follow the button below.

Programme

2 p.m.
Award Ceremony
Awarding of the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, the Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine and the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award.

4 p.m
Professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Matthias H. Tschöp, Helmholtz Centre Munich
Battling obesity: New therapeutics for adiposity and diabetes (Presentation in German)

4.45 p.m.
Professor Dr. rer. nat. Christian Hertweck, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI) in Jena
Tiny and effective: Bioactive natural substances from microorganisms (Presentation in German)

5.30 p.m
Dr. Dr. med. Randolph Helfrich, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research at the University of Tübingen
Deep sleep or sleep disorderHow sleep and neuropsychiatric disorders are related (Presentation in German)

6.15 p.m.
Professor Antonio Lanzavecchia, M.D., National Institute of Molecular Genetics, INGM, Milan, Italy
Antibodies and vaccines: the immune system at work

Our award winners

Adiposity and diabetes: two metabolic diseases that are among the most significant of their kind in western industrial nations today - they are the research focus of researcher Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp, who heads Helmholtz Zentrum München as scientific director. With more than 30 national and international awards and the discovery of a new class of therapeutics called gut hormone polyagonists, Prof. Tschöp is definitely one of the top researchers in his field. For his cutting-edge contributions to research, the Alexander von Humboldt Professor is now receiving the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine from the Jung Foundation for Science and Research. He shares the prize equally with the Jena-based natural products researcher Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Hertweck and accordingly receives 150,000 euros to honour and further promote his work.

Discovering active substances and harnessing the hidden potential of microorganisms: This is the forte of Prof. Dr. Christian Hertweck. The 51-year-old researcher has several internationally recognised discoveries to his credit in natural product research, and his work on the biosynthesis of active substances with unusual structures has caused a worldwide sensation. In 2015, he was already awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, and the Jung Foundation is now awarding him the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine. Prof. Hertweck, who works at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute (HKI), Jena, shares the prize equally with the Munich-based metabolic researcher Prof. Dr. med. h.c. Matthias H. Tschöp and receives 150,000 euros to honour and further promote his work.

34 years young, already a double doctor and with a research project that could revolutionise the early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric diseases: That is our award winner Dr. Dr. med. Randolph Helfrich from the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research at the University of Tübingen. For his project "Deep sleep or sleep disorder: How sleep and neuropsychiatric diseases are related", the Jung Foundation has awarded him the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award. He would like to use the prize money of 210,000 euros flexibly to pursue new, less established ideas. In his lecture, the young scientist will present how neurological diseases are associated with our brain activity during sleep and which diagnostic and therapeutic methods can be derived from this.

Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia, M.D. is considered one of the most influential and cited immunologists in Europe and worldwide. He is currently based at the National Institute of Molecular Genetics, INGM, Milan, Italy. In his scientific career, he continues to work on a wide range of core topics on innate and acquired immunity. For this life's work, which has contributed significantly to medical progress and continues to do so, he receives the Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine from the Jung Foundation. This is accompanied by a scholarship of 30,000 euros, which he can award to a young scientist of his choice. "I think it's wonderful that a prize that recognises my professional achievements goes hand in hand with a scholarship for a young researcher. This creates a special connection between the generations," emphasises Lanzavecchia.