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.
2018 Heinrich Wieland Prize.
Professor Pascale Cossart from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, is honoured with the 2018 Heinrich Wieland Prize for her fundamental contributions to the field of Molecular Infection Biology. The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation presented her with the 100.000 euro award on 22 November 2018 in the course of a scientific symposium.
2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Prize.
Dr Frank Bicker showed that the protein EGFL7 is essential for producing new nerve cells in the adult brain and the mechanisms behind its role. His discoveries have direct implications for lifelong learning and may help in developing new therapeutic approaches in regenerative medicine. Dr Swenja Kröller-Schön studied the influence aircraft noise has on our health, especially with regard to cardiovascular disease. In mice, she investigated the molecular mechanisms through which it damages blood vessels and was able to show that aircraft noise can harm blood vessels via the same mechanisms as traditional risk factors - a large step forward for noise research.