The application deadline has been extended to AUGUST 31! So there still is ample time to get your application ready - just in case if you were feeling undecided until now. It definitely is worth the little effort that you will have to put into it! The exact date, when the award ceremony will take place is not entirely clear yet, however, the DGZ will probably set it to a date in November.

Deadline for the 2023 Werner Risau Prize Award

The application deadline has been set to the end of this month to July 31, 2023! So, prepare your paperwork and send it in ASAP! And most importantly: Dare to apply with the study that you are so proud of - there is nothing left to loose….

THE ENDING of the Werner Risau Prize!


Sad as it is for some of us, the majority of the Werner Risau Prize committee has come to the decision to award the prestigious Werner Risau Prize this year (2023) for the last time. Werner would have turned 70 this year and we are also commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death. In a way this marks a point in the history of this prize which allows for decent and worthy conclusion of the WRP. This was also important to Werner's wife and his family, who always had actively and with many emotions accompanied the awarding ceremony - the evening dinner for the winner, with Werner's family and members of the prize committee has always been an highlight of the WRP! - and they wished to draw a line now, which we as members of the prize committee fully understand and respect.

As for this year's WRP: Get your stuff together and send it in to the same address as last year!

And please, stay tuned - there will be another update on the 2023 WRP deadline following soon!

Andrew Chris Yang is the 2022 winner

Andrew Chris Yang, heading a research group at UCSF in the meantime, finished first place this year! It was a tough choice again with many outstanding, high-impact publications and for most of us in the Werner-Risau-Prize committee the decision who should be elected was really challenging. Andrew won this years prize with a study, in which together with a number of collaborators, he managed to catalogue blood vessels not only from healthy brains (and note: this is not mouse, the pet animal model for so many scientists but human!) but also from brains of people who had died with Alzheimer's disease. They established a map of all the blood vessel types that supply the human brain (the "infrastructure" of brain blood supply) and found out that certain blood vessel cells are lost in brains from donors suffering from Alzheimer's disease. So beside neurons brain blood vessels are affected by this disease and are gaining centre stage.

Re: Annual DGZ Meeting 2022

Due to the still prevailing Corona crisis (I guess), the DGZ has decided to cancel this years´s Annual in personam Meeting again. Thus, the Werner-Risau-Prize will be awarded as before within the settings of a special webinar that is scheduled towards the end of this year. The exact date for this event has still to be announced. So stay tuned!