The Otto Warburg Medal 2014 is awarded to Professor Rudolf Jaenisch
The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) honors pioneer of stem cell research with prestigious science prize
Mosbach, 31 March 2014 – This year's Otto Warburg Medal has been awarded by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) to Prof. Rudolf Jaenisch from the Whitehead Institute for Biological Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With this prestigious science prize the GBM honors Prof. Jaenisch’s pioneering achievements in the field of stem cell research.
"I am deeply honored to be selected for receiving the renowned Otto Warburg Medal. This is, above all, a well-deserved award for my employees who have contributed significantly to the research results with their commitment and enthusiasm", said Rudolf Jaenisch in Mosbach.
Jaenisch, who is German by origin, became world famous for his groundbreaking work in the field of embryonic stem cell biology. Today the GBM has awarded him for his insights on the application of the information contained in genes and their role in the development of cancer and other diseases.
"We are pleased to once again award the Otto Warburg Medal to such an excellent and inspiring scientist as Rudolf Jaenisch", said Prof. Roger S. Goody, President of the GBM. "His contribution to the development of biochemistry and molecular biology is immense. Certainly stem cell research is a controversial topic in Germany, but the benefits of Rudolf Jaenisch’s work for cancer research are groundbreaking. We are very proud to welcome and honor him on the occasion of the 65th Mosbacher Kolloquium."
The Otto Warburg Medal is considered the highest German award for biochemists and molecular biologists and enjoys a great international reputation. It has been awarded since 1963. Among the previous winners are leading international scholars such as Prof. Randy Schekman who received the 50th Medal at the anniversary of the Science Prize in October 2013 followed by the Nobel Prize in the same year.
Since 2012, scientific publisher Elsevier, in cooperation with the leading journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) has become an exclusive partner to the Otto Warburg Medal and sponsors the award with prize money to the value of 25,000 euros.
Dolors Alsina Vila, Executive Publisher at Elsevier/ BBA said: "We are delighted to be able to reward and encourage outstanding academic performance as a cooperation partner to the Otto Warburg Medal. In particular the research on common diseases such as cancer shows the invaluable contribution of science and scientists like Professor Jaenisch to society. This cannot be appreciated enough and it is an honor for us to support future research endeavors with the prize money."