Robert Koch Gold Medal 2014
Emeritus Professor Hermann Bujard from the Centre for Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University is being awarded the Robert Koch Gold Medal 2014 for his life’s work, in particular for his research on malaria infections.
Research into mechanism which control the activity of genes as well as their practical implementation for combating infectious diseases form the main research areas of Emeritus Professor Hermann Bujard from the Centre for Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University, who is being honored with the Robert Koch Gold Medal for his life’s work. As head of biological research at Hoffmann-La Roche, he already developed a preliminary research program for developing a vaccine against malaria back in 1983. At the end of 1985, Bujard became the founding director of the world-renowned Centre for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) in Heidelberg.
There, in collaboration with West African colleagues, Bujard continues his research into a malaria vaccine, which will shortly undergo clinical testing. The “gene switches” developed in the Bujard laboratory have found wide application in biomedical research, in the development of new drugs against AIDS and hepatitis B, as well as novel strategies to combat insect-borne infectious diseases, such as dengue fever currently proliferating worldwide.