The Jung Foundation for Science and Research gives out medicine awards for 2019 in Hamburg

Hamburg, 23 May 2019. The Jung Foundation for Science and Research will be awarding its three awards for outstanding medicine in Hamburg today. With a total endowment of 540,000 euros, they rank among Europe’s most valuable medical awards.


The Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine worth a total funding value of 300,000 euros is awarded to scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to progress in the field of human medicine with their projects and who are expected to continue their successful work in the future. This year’s award goes to biochemist Professor Brenda A. Schulman and neurobiologist Professor Gary R. Lewin.

Brenda A. Schulman is Director of the Department of Molecular Machines and Signalling at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. Martinsried-based biochemist Professor Brenda A. Schulman is receiving the award in recognition of her continued pioneering work on the mechanisms of ubiquitin transfer at the atomic level. Gary R. Lewin is a research group leader and coordinator of the Department of Nervous System Diseases at the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. He is being honoured for his ground-breaking research on the molecular and physiological basis of tactile sense and pain perception.


The Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine honours lifetime medical achievements of scientists who have made a major contribution to medical progress. This year, it is being awarded to the neuroscientist Professor Pietro De Camilli, M.D. for his ground-breaking work on the molecular basis of intracellular membrane dynamics. Pietro De Camilli is John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology in the Department of Neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, USA. The award comes with a grant worth 30,000 euros, which he can give to a young scientist of his choice.


The Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for medical research supports young scientists and is intended to help them set up and develop their first independent research projects with a total of 210,000 euros over three years. This year, Dr Sebastian Zundler, a future gastroenterologist from Erlangen, will receive the award for his research project on the importance of intestinal tissue resident memory (TRM) cells in the development and treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. Sebastian Zundler is assistant physician and head of the research group at the Medical Clinic I of the University Hospital Erlangen. The Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award is the only one of the three awards which can be actively applied for. The grant is aimed at young doctors up to 35 years of age, who want to continue their specialist medical training and research at a German hospital after completing a research period abroad lasting at least two years.