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Prof. Dr. Thomas Tuschl - Ernst Schering Prize 2005

Prof. Dr. Thomas Tuschl - Ernst Schering Prize 2005

Prof. Dr. Ronald D. G. McKay - Ernst Schering Prize 2004

Prof. Dr. Ronald D. G. McKay - Ernst Schering Prize 2004

Prof. Dr. Johann Mulzer - Ernst Schering Prize 1997

Prof. Dr. Johann Mulzer - Ernst Schering Prize 1997

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang P. Baumeister - Ernst Schering Prize 2006

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang P. Baumeister - Ernst Schering Prize 2006
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Prof. Bert W. O'Malley
für seine bahnbrechenden Arbeiten zur Wirkungsweise von Steroidhormonen und Kernrezeptoren

Prof. Bert W. O'Malley für seine bahnbrechenden Arbeiten zur Wirkungsweise von Steroidhormonen und Kernrezeptoren

Dr. Ilme Schlichting - Ernst Schering Prize 1998

Dr. Ilme Schlichting - Ernst Schering Prize 1998

Ernst Schering Prize

for pioneering basic research in biology, medicine and chemistry

Ernst Schering Prize

for pioneering basic research in biology, medicine and chemistry

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Award Ceremony 2020

September 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
in Berlin


The 50,000-euro Ernst Schering Prize is one of the most prestigious German science awards. Established by the Ernst Schering Research Foundation in 1991, it has been given annually by the Schering Stiftung since 2003. It honors scientists worldwide whose pioneering research has yielded new, inspiring models or led to fundamental shifts in biomedical knowledge.

The prize is named for the German apothecary Ernst Christian Friedrich Schering (1824-1889), whose establishment of the chemical factory Chemische Fabrik Ernst Schering laid the foundations for Schering AG, Berlin.

The prize winner is selected by a high-ranking, international selection committee (see below).

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Call for Nominations 

Ernst Schering Prize 2020

Nominations for the award may be submitted to the Schering Stiftung until December 8, 2019.

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Current prize winners 

Patrick Cramer

2019
The chemist and molecular biologist receives the Ernst Schering Prize for his research on transcription and gene regulation at the molecular and cellular levels.

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Bonnie L. Bassler

2018
Professor Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD, has paved the way for a new, important research field in microbiology: intercellular bacterial communication, or so-called quorum sensing.

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Elly Tanaka

2017
Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria for her outstanding research in the field of regeneration biology Prof. Dr. Elly...

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Franz-Ulrich Hartl

2016
Prof. Hartl from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2016 for his research on the role of chaperones in protein.

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David MacMillan

2015
Prof. MacMillan, Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University, USA, is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2015 for his research on organocatalysis and organo-cascade catalysis.

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Magdalena Götz

2014
Prof. Götz Director of the Institute of Stem Cell Research in Muinch is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2014 for her research on the molecular underpinnings of brain development.

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Frank Kirchhoff

2013
Prof. Kirchhoff from the Institute of Molecular Virology in Ulm is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2013 for his research on the pathogenesis of the immunodeficiency disease AIDS & the evolution of the HI virus.

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann

2012
Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2012 for his seminal work exploring the proteome.

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Bert W. O'Malley

2011
Prof. Bert W. O'Malley Tom Thompson Distinguished Service Professor is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2011 for his research on the actions of steroid hormones and nuclear receptors.

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Marc Feldmann & Ravinder Maini

2010
Prof. Feldmann & Prof. Maini from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Imperial College London are awarded the Ernst Schering Price 2010 for their fight against rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

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Rudolf Jaenisch

2009
Prof. Jaenisch from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, USA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2009 for his research on transgenic animal models and therapeutic cloning.

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Klaus Rajewsky

2008
Prof. Rajewsky from the CBR-Institute, Harvard Medical School is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2008 for his biomedical research, especially for his analysis of the development of B-Lymphocytes.

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Carolyn R. Bertozzi

2007
Prof. Bertozzi from the University of California in Berkeley, USA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2007 for her research in the field of chemical glycobiology.

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Wolfgang P. Baumeister

2006
Prof. Baumeister from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2006 for his research on cryo-electron tomography.

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Thomas Tuschl

2005
Prof. Tuschl from the Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology at The Rockefeller University, New York is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2005 for his research on RNA interference.

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Ronald D. G. McKay

2004
Prof. McKay from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, MD, USA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2004 for his research on neuronal stem cell.

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Svante Pääbo

2003
Prof. Pääbo from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2003 for his work as founder of the field of paleogenetics.

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Ian Wilmut

2002
Prof. Wilmut from the Roslin Institute of Gene Expression and Development in the UK is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2002 for his research on transgenic methodologies and the "nuclear transfer protocol".

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Kyriacos Nicolaou

2001
Prof. Nicolaou from the University of California in San Diego, und The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2001 for his research on the synthesis of natural substances.

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Takao Shimizu

2000
Prof. Shimizu from the University of Tokyo in Japan is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2000 for his research on the role of eicosanoids.

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Michael J. Berridge

1999
Prof. Berridge from The Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1999 for his research on calcium signal transduction.

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Ilme Schlichting

1998
Dr. Schlichting from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1998 for her research on kinetic crystallography.

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Johann Mulzer

1997
Prof. Mulzer from the Department of Organic Chemistry from the University of Vienna is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1997 for his pioneering work in the field of research of chirality.

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Judah Folkman

1996
Prof. Folkman from the Harvard Medical School in Boston USA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1996 for his pioneering work on angiogenesis (the proliferation of new vessels) and tumor biology.

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Yasutomi Nishizuka

1995
Prof. Nishizuka from the Kobe University in Japan is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1995 for his pioneering work on protein kinase C.

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Bert Vogelstein

1994
Prof. Dr. Vogelstein from the Oncology Center of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1994 for his work on the molecular biology of colon carcinoma.

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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

1993
Prof. Nüsslein-Volhard from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1993 for her pioneering work in the field of developmental biology.

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Peter H. Seeburg

1992
Prof. Seeburg from the Center for Molecular Biology, University of Heidelberg is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 1992 for his pioneering work in the field of the molecular biology of GABA receptors.

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Selection Committee of the Ernst Schering Prize 

Stefan Kaufmann is founding director and director of the Department of Immunology of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and Professor for Microbiology and Immunology at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. He received his Ph.D. in biology (“summa cum laude”) from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and completed his habilitation in the field of immunology and microbiology at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1981. From 1987 until 1991, he was Professor for Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and from 1991 until 1998, he was Full Professor for Immunology at Ulm University.

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Pico Caroni has been a senior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) for Biomedical Research and a professor of neurobiology at the Biozentrum/The Center for Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Basel since 1995. He studied biochemistry at ETH Zürich and subsequently worked on regeneration in the central nervous system in Martin Schwab’s lab at the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich. Since 1989, Caroni has been a researcher at the FMI – first as a junior group leader – studying the plasticity of defined neuronal circuits and systems. He is interested not only in the fundamentals of learning and memory but also in the impact of gene mutations on the circuits and the resulting mental disorders.

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Britta Eickholt has been Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin since 2011. She received her doctorate in 1998 at Guy's Hospital in London. In 2001, she received a lectureship at King's College London and started her own research group at the MRC Center for Developmental Neurobiology. She was appointed Professor of Molecular Neurobiology at King's College in 2010, before her move to Berlin in 2011. Her research focusses on the signaling mechanisms that regulate dynamic processes of the cytoskeleton in neuronal cells.

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Carl-Henrik Heldin has, since 1992, been professor in Molecular Cell Biology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Between 1986 and 2017, he was the Branch Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Uppsala. Professor Heldin is the chair of the Boards of the Nobel Foundation, the Science for Life Laboratory, and the European Molecular Biology Organization. His research interest is related to the mechanisms of signal transduction by growth regulatory factors, as well as their normal function and role in disease. An important goal is to explore the possible clinical utility of signal transduction antagonists.

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Petra Knaus received her Ph.D. at the Center for Molecular Biology in Heidelberg in 1991. As a Research Fellow and Associate, she did her Postdoctoral Training at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA, until 1996. After her return to Germany, she was Junior Group Leader at the Biocenter in Würzburg. There she established her own lab with a focus on BMP receptor biology and signal transduction. In 2004 she became Full Professor for Biochemistry – Signaltransduction at the Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2010 she received a W3 Professorship for Biochemistry – Signaltransduction and Regeneration at the Freie Universität Berlin and Charité. The interest of the Knaus lab is to understand the molecular mechanism of BMP signal transduction, and to identify common and distinct mechanistic concepts in different cell and tissue environments.

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Hartmut Michel studied Biochemistry at the Universities of Tübingen and Munich. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Würzburg in 1977 and habilitated in 1988 at the University of Munich. Since 1987 he is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics at Frankfurt/Main, where he leads the Department for Molecular Membrane Biology. In 1988, Hartmut Michel was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, together with Johannes Deisenhöfer and Robert Huber, for their investigation of the molecular structure of the photosynthesis reaction center in the rhodopseudomonas viridis bacterium.

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Martin Oestreich has been Professor of Organic Chemistry (Synthesis & Catalysis) at TU Berlin since 2011. His appoitment was supported through an Einstein professorship by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Manchester, and Marburg (1991–1996) and received his doctoral degree at the University of Münster (1996–1999). After a postdoctoral stint at the University of California at Irvine (1999–2001), he completed his habilitation at the University of Freiburg (2001–2005). Martin Oestreich was Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster from 2006 until 2011. Visiting professorships took him to Cardiff (2005), Canberra (2010), and Kyoto (2018). His research interest range from homogeneous catalysis with main-group elements to elucidation of reaction mechanisms.

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