Else Kröner Fresenius Prize for Medical Research 2020

On June 4th, 2020, the time has come once again: The Else Kröner Fresenius Prize for Medical Research shall be presented for the third time – this time in the fields of genome editing and gene therapy.
Else Kröner Fresenius Prize for Medical Research 2020

A researcher shall be honoured who has made significant scientific contributions in the fields of genome editing or gene therapy and whose work in the future can be expected to yield groundbreaking findings.

At a sum of 2.5 million euros, the prize is one of the world’s most highly endowed international prizes for research.

The sum to be awarded consists of a personal prize in the amount of 500,000 euros along with 2 million euros for the prize-winner’s future research.

A scientific symposium in honor of the prize-winner where we bring together the world’s leading researchers in the fields of genome editing and gene therapy takes place on the day of the prize presentation.

Prize-Winner 2020

The prize-winner in 2020 shall be announced in March 2020.

Prize Presentation: June 4th, 2020

The Else Kröner Fresenius Prize for Medical Research 2020 is going to be presented in the course of a festive ceremony at Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten in Frankfurt am Main.

Award Presentation
Thursday, June 4th, 2020, 6 p.m.
Palmengarten historical ball room at Gesellschaftshaus, Palmengartenstrasse 11, Frankfurt am Main

Within the framework of the festivities the foundation is also hosting a scientific symposium on the topic of “Genome Editing and Gene Therapy” on the same day (see below).

Event not open to the public – by invitation only. You can find more information here.

Symposium: June 4th, 2020

The international symposium in honor of the prize-winner brings together the world’s leading researchers in the fields of genome editing and gene therapy. The program encompasses highly up-to-date subjects: from genome editing to vector biology, all the way to clinical applications in the case of genetic disorders. 

Symposium “Genome Editing and Gene Therapy”   
Thursday, June 4th, 2020, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Goethe University Frankfurt, Casino on the Westend Campus, Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1, Frankfurt am Main

Speakers:

  • Award-winner
  • Hildegard Büning, (Hannover Medical School, President of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy)
  • Nathalie Cartier (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, Paris)
  • Guangping Gao (University of Massachusetts, President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy)
  • Luigi Naldini (San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Milan)
  • Virginijus Šikšnys (Vilnius University, Kavli Prize 2018)

In the event of interest in the symposium and questions about registration, Ms. Sarah Pohl is gladly available to assist you (+49 6172 8975-10 or preisverleihung@ekfs.de).

You can find more information here.

Jury

An international jury of ten comprised of renowned researchers in the fields of genome editing and gene therapy together with representatives from the Scientific Commission at EKFS decided on who shall receive the prize.

  • Hildegard Büning, Hannover Medical School (Germany), jury chairwoman
  • Michele Calos, Stanford University (USA)
  • Nathalie Cartier, French Institute of Health and Medical Research, Paris (France)
  • Stefan Endres, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)
  • Guangping Gao, University of Massachusetts  (USA)
  • Christine Klein, University of Lübeck (Germany)
  • Luigi Naldini, San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Milan (Italy)
  • Amit Nathwani, University College London (United Kingdom)
  • Virginijus Šikšnys, Vilnius University (Lithuania)Adrian Thrasher, University College London (United Kingdom)