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Science prizes.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation honours particularly outstanding scientific achievements with its science awards. Endowed with 100,000 euros, the Heinrich Wieland Prize honours distinguished scientists from around the world for their groundbreaking research on biologically active molecules and systems in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology, as well as their clinical importance. Four of the Prize’s laureates have been subsequent Nobel Prize laureates.

The Foundation awards the Boehringer Ingelheim Prize to excellent and advanced early-career scientists at the University Medical Center of the University of Mainz. It has been presented annually since 1969 for excellence in clinical as well as theoretical medicine, and is endowed with a total of 30,000 euros in prize money.

Each year, the Foundation awards four PhD student prizes at the University of Mainz in recognition of particularly excellent dissertations or theses in biology, medicine, chemistry, and pharmacy.

2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize.

As one of the world’s foremost immunologists, Professor Thomas Boehm has made ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of how the immune system of vertebrates develops, how it works, and has evolved over time. For his many achievements, he will receive the 2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize, endowed with 100,000 euros by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. His outside-the-box thinking and innovative approaches have enabled surprising, even paradigm-shifting insights, into the function of the immune system, which reach beyond immunology.

For more information, please refer to the full press release, the Heinrich Wieland Prize website, or the website Heinrich Wieland Prize at Berlin Science Week (in German only).

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2021 Boehringer Ingelheim Prize.

Dr Michael Kühn receives the Boehringer Ingelheim Prize for clinical medicine for showing that combining two specific drugs is better for treating a common form of leukemia.

Dr Sabine Muth is awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim Prize for theoretical medicine for her discovery of a pathway gut bacteria use to activate the immune system.

The results of both awardees are of high clinical relevance as they allow to find better treatments.


Press release (only available in German)