14 September 2016 - PRESS RELEASE

Ralf Bartenschlager receives highest scientific distinction for medicine in the USA

The Heidelberg virologist Prof Ralf Bartenschlager will receive the Lasker Award in New York for his research on the hepatitis C virus. The prize, worth 250,000 US dollars, is considered the unofficial “American Nobel Prize for Medicine”.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager

Prof Ralf Bartenschlager© Universität Heidelberg

With this distinction, the Lasker Foundation honours Bartenschlager’s research on hepatitis C virus replication in cell cultures. His work has led to ground-breaking, new approaches in the drug development and cure of this chronic liver infection.

Bartenschlager conducts research at the University of Heidelberg Medical Faculty, at the Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). At the DZIF he is one of the coordinators of the research field Hepatitis.

Bartenschlager will be presented the renowned award in New York on 23 September.

to the Heidelberg University Hospital press release  (in German only)

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