Otto Warburg Medal 2015

Since 2012, GBM has been cooperating with Elsevier and its flagship title Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA). Both parties have remained devoted and continue supporting and enhancing excellence in research. With the Otto Warburg Medal all parties join forces to acknowledge outstanding achievements in research by international scientists, but also inspiring young researchers when they build their future careers and last but not least attracting the wider public’s interest in science. Elsevier and its journal BBA are proud to be the exclusive sponsors of this medal with a prize money of 25,000 Euros to support the research of the awardees.

This year, the ceremony will be part of the 40th FEBS Congress “The Biochemical Basis of Life” in Berlin, hosted by the GBM and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). On Sunday night, Nikolaus Pfanner, Professor of Biochemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Freiburg will receive the medal in honor of his seminal discoveries of how proteins are transported across the mitochondrial membranes. He is a worldwide leading cell biologist and has established important new concepts on cellular protein trafficking.

The Otto Warburg Medal is named after Otto Heinrich Warburg, one of the most important researchers in biochemistry of the 20th century. His main areas of research included the biochemical processes of respiration, the photosynthesis of plants and the metabolism of tumors. In 1931, Otto Warburg received a Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of the cytochrome oxidase, which enabled him to detect the mechanism of cell respiration. He was a founding member and served for many years as the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Cell Physiology, which became an Institute of the Max Planck Gesellschaft in 1953.

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