Application Deadline for 2021: July 31

As the Corona crisis is still prevailing, the usual Fall Conference of the GBM / DGZ will again be organized as a virtual meeting. As in the year before the Werner-Risau-Prize will nevertheless be awarded within the settings of a special webinar. More detailed in formation on that is not available yet and will be announced at some time point later this spring. For now the deadline for the Werner-Risau-Prize prizes has been set to July 31, 2021. So please, hurry up and send in your applications!



Join the webinar!

On a very short notice: Tomorrow, November 10, the 2020 Werner-Risau-Prize will be awarded during a Zoom webinar organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ). This webinar will be open to anybody interested and will start at 5:00 pm and probably last until 08:00 pm. So tune in (Zoom-ID 833 7557 4406) and watch the talk of this years Werner-Risau-Prize winner, Katerina Rohlenova, as well as a series of excellent lectures by a few other speakers!
For more information please see also the Download section and have a look at the two PDFs related to this webinar!

The 2020 Awardee - Katerina Rohlenova

Katerina Rohlenova from the Center for Cancer Biology at the VIB-KU in Leuven, Belgium finished this year at first! It was a tight race indeed, with many outstanding, high-impact publications and the final decision who would be this year´s awardee for the Werner-Risau-Prize was not an easy one. Katerina convinced with her study on "Endothelial metabolic plasticity in pathological angiogenesis" which she could publish in Cell Metabolism (31:862-877, 2020). In this study she employed single-cell RNA sequencing to characterize angiogenic endothelial cells (ECs) in murine choroidal neovascularization and compare the phenotypes to ECs in tumor angiogenesis. Eventually she was able together with her coworkers to identify and validate two metabolic enzymes, labeled SQLE and ALDH18A1, which have a strong impact on endothelial cell proliferation, migration vessel sprouting and EC tip cell competitively. Congratulations!

Application Deadline extendend to July 15, 2020 !!!

Due to the Corona crisis, the usual Fall Conference of the GBM / DGZ that was planned to be held in beautiful Münster this year has been canceled. The Werner-Risau-Prize will nevertheless be awarded, this time within the settings of a special webinar. Details on that will be announced later. Since the number of applications for this prestigious scientific prize has been drizzling in very slowly so far, we have thus decided to extended the deadline for the Werner-Risau-Prize prizes until July 15, 2020. So, hear ye, hear ye, all you adventurous folks: Mark this date and send in your application!

Dr. Esther Bovay - winner of the 2019 race!

We are very happy to announce our this year´s winner of the Werner Risau Prize: Dr. Esther Bovay, from Tatiana Petrova´s Department of Fundamental Oncology at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). We again had received excellent applications, of which Dr. Bovay´s study, published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine made it to the top of the list. Hers is a very interesting study (also underscored by the fact, that it received an extra editorial devoted to it), in which she focused on lymphatic vessels and elucidates the development of the lymph node capsule. Furthermore, she nicely demonstrates that interstitial fluid flow (a mechanical stimulus!) is a major force in the promotion of lymph node maturation. ( Congratulations!