The Hamburg-based Werner Otto Foundation has granted this year’s Award for the Advancement of Medical Research to the neurologist Dr. med. Mathias Gelderblom and the cardiologist Dr. med. Mahir Karakas. Both scientists are working at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. They received the award for their outstanding medical achievements in the field of basic research and clinical research, which may i
lead to better therapeutic options in the treatment of stroke and increased risk of heart attack.
The two researchers were honoured on Monday, 14 December, with the awards by Dr. Michael Otto, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Otto Group and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Werner Otto Foundation, in a special ceremony.
Award for Specialists of the UKE
“It is my great pleasure to honour two outstanding professionals from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf with this year’s award of the Werner Otto Foundation. Through their commitment, they create the basis for new therapies”, said Dr. Michael Otto. In an aging society, this is essential, for the sake of the people, but also – which must not be forgotten – for economic reasons. Due to our aging population, our health care system will only survive if we all stay fit and healthy as long as possible.”
The speech in honour of the prize winner in the field of basic research, i.e. Dr. Mathias Gelderblom, was held by Prof. Guido Sauter, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Werner Otto Foundation and director of the Institute of Pathology at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. The speech in honor of the prize winner in the field of clinical research, i.e. Dr. Mahir Karakas, was held by Prof. Dr. Markus Graefen, also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Werner Otto Foundation and medical director of the Martini-Clinic at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Award Ceremony for the 20th Time
The Werner Otto Foundation grands its Award for the Advancement of Medical Research every two years to Hamburg researchers and doctors in recognition of their outstanding scientific achievements in basic research and in clinical research. In 2015, theaward ceremony was held for the 20th time. With the award, the commitment to new, vital treatment options and methods is being appreciated. The two winners will each receive a cash prize of 8,000 euro.
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