47th Annual Meeting
of the German Society for Immunology

12–15 September 2017 • Erlangen, Germany

47th Annual Meeting
of the German Society for Immunology

12–15 September 2017 • Erlangen, Germany

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DGfI Awards 2017

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Otto-Westphal Award
CD8 T cells orchestrate pDC - XCR1 DC spatial and functional cooperativity to optimize priming
Anne Brewitz (Bonn/DE)


Hans-Hench Award
Characteriza on of IL-17-producing enthesis-resident gd T cells
Annika Reinhardt (Hannover/DE)


Fritz-und-Ursula-Melchers Award
Human Treg specificity directs tolerance versus allergy against aeroan gens
Petra Bacher (Berlin/DE)


Herbert-Fischer Award
Sall1 is a transcriptional regulator defining microglia identity and function
Anne Buttgereit (Zurich/CH)


Georges-Köhler Award
Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies targeting HIV-1
Florian Klein (Cologne/DE)


Awards

The German Society for Immunology (DGfI) annually awards the Fritz-und-Ursula-Melchers Postdoctoral Prize to one of its members. The prize is awarded to postdocs (up to 35 years of age) for their achievements in the field of immunology. The applicant should have at least one first author publication stemming from postdoctoral research. At least part of the research (PhD or postdoc) must have been conducted in a German speaking country. Generally, applicants should have obtained their degree less than 6 years prior to application. Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

The prize is donated by Fritz and Ursula Melchers. Fritz Melchers was longstanding director of the “Basel Institute for Immunology” and is a founding and honorary member of the German Society for Immunology e.V. He is particularly noted for his groundbreaking research which was critical for our understanding of the maturation of antibody-secreting B lymphocytes.

The German Society for Immunology annually awards the Herbert-Fischer Prize for Neuroimmunology to one of its members. It is awarded to doctoral students and junior postdocs (up to 35 years of age; up to 4 years after completion of their thesis) for their achievements in the field of neuroimmunology. Research must have been carried out in Germany. Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

The prize is named after the former director (1964-1981) of the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology. Herbert Fischer was a pioneer in the area of systems immunology. He recognized the importance of the cellular environment on the immune response and was particularly interested in the interaction between macrophages and lymphocytes, which he elucidated by using innovative techniques such as chemiluminescence and microcinematography.

Donor of this prize is the Rosa Laura and Hartmut Wekerle Foundation.

The German Society for Immunology e.V. (DGfI) annually awards the Georges-Köhler-Prize to one of its members. The prize is awarded to scientists whose research has made a noteworthy contribution to the understanding of the immune system or who have created applications resulting from their outstanding research. Applicants should have established themselves as group leaders (with at least one last author publication) and received third-party funds. Applicants should not be older than 40 years at the time of application. Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

The prize is named after Prof. Dr. Georges Jean Franz Köhler (1946-1995), Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine 1984 (with César Milstein und Niels K. Jerne for the discovery of the principal for the generation of monoclonal antibodies) and former director of the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg.

The prize is sponsored by the Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen (www.porsche.com).

The German Society for Immunology e.V. (DGfI) annually awards the Otto-Westphal Thesis Prize to one of its members. The prize is awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of immunology that was successfully completed in Germany during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam). Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

The prize is named after Prof. Dr. Otto Westphal (1913-2004), founding director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg as well as founding member and long-standing president (1967-1976) of the German Society for Immunology e.V. As a chemist Otto Westphal was particularly interested in the structure and function of bacterial cell wall components. He is especially noted for his ground-breaking work on the elucidation of the endotoxic function of lipopolysaccharides. He also characterized numerous antigens from gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria using immunochemical methods.

The prize is donated by the Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen (www.porsche.com).

The German Society for Immunology e.V. (DGfI) annually awards the Hans-Hench Thesis Prize for Clinical Immunology to one of its members. The prize is awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of rheumatology (inflammation, autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies), that was successfully completed in Germany during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam).
The prize is named after Hans Hench, engineer and entrepreneur from Inzlingen. In 1988 he founded the Hans-Hench-Stiftung. The foundation aims to support PhD students, graduate students, medical doctors and therapists working in research and development of rheumatology.
The prize is donated by the foundation ‘Hans-Hench-Stiftung zur Förderung der Rheumatologie ‘, Stiftung des bürgerliches Rechtes, Sitz: 79110 Freiburg/Breisgau.