That was science live and in color: Our third Jung Symposium of Medical Research has taken place on Friday, May 5, 2023 and has offered interested participants the opportunity to follow the presentation of this year's laureates' outstanding research results digitally via livestream as well as in presence in the Ian K. Karan auditorium of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. We cordially thank all those involved!

You missed the event? You will find the presentations of our laureates below soon.


Jung Prize for Medicine 2023

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!

Jung Career Advancement Award 2023

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!

Jung Gold Medal for Medicine 2023

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!