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Double award: German Society for Immunology (DGfI) honors early career scientists of CIBSS

Susana Minguet receives the Novartis Prize for therapy-relevant immunological research and Lukas Amann the Herbert Fischer Prize for Neuroimmunology

Every year, the German Society for Immunology awards young scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of immunology. In 2021, PD Dr. Susana Minguet and Dr. Lukas Amann, researchers at the Cluster of Excellence CIBSS - Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies at the University of Freiburg, each received one of the honors. The awards ceremony took place on September 20 and 21 during a virtual scientific symposium.

For improved CAR-T cell therapy

PD Dr. Susana Minguet. Foto: private

The Novartis Prize for Therapy-Related Immunology Research 2021 goes to PD Susana Minguet, MD. Susana Minguet's scientific work on the molecular control of the T-cell response enables improved CAR-T-cell therapy and sets an important milestone in this field. The findings were recently published in the renowned journal Nature Immunology. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2021. It recognizes work that bridges the gap between immunological and clinical research and comes with prize money of 10,000 euros, which can only be used for research purposes.

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New genetic tools to study microglia in the brain

Dr. Lukas Amann. Foto: private

The Herbert Fischer Prize for Neuroimmunology, endowed with €1,500, is awarded annually to PhD students and junior postdocs for work carried out in German-speaking countries in the field of neuroimmunology. In 2021, it goes to Dr. Lukas Amann for his valuable work that has led to the establishment of new genetic tools by means of which the function of microglia in the central nervous system (CNS) can be specifically studied. Lukas Amann studied biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and subsequently completed his dissertation in the field of neuroimmunology in the laboratory of CIBSS member Prof. Dr. Marco Prinz.

The award commemorates the former director (1961-1981) of the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology. Herbert Fischer was a pioneer in the field of systems immunology. He recognized the importance of the cellular milieu for the immune response. He was particularly interested in the interplay between lymphocytes with macrophages, which he elucidated by innovative methods such as chemiluminescence and microkinematography.

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