The Foundation awards every year a Prize to honour personalities in Switzerland and abroad who have distinguished themselves in a particular way in certain fields of medical research.
As a rule the Prize is awarded between September 1 and December 31 of every year. The Board of Foundation is responsible for the adjudication; if necessary, it may consult the opinion of independent experts.
Neurologist and neuroscientist Denis Jabaudon focuses his research on the interactions between genetic mechanisms and the environment in the development of brain connectivity. The Cloëtta Prize honours his particularly innovative research, which has led to the identification of genes that are responsible for the functional linkage of neurons in the cerebral cortex and thalamus. In particular, he developed a new technology that makes it possible to visualize nerve cells in the brain live. This discovery was published in the renowned journal’ Science’.
Markus Manz is honoured as a basic researcher and clinician for his outstanding achievements in the fields of immunology, haematology, oncology and microbiology. For the first time, he succeeded in showing the development of dendritic cells of the immune system from blood stem cells. In addition, he has developed a unique method that is now used worldwide to investigate the development and function of the human immune system in mice.
The next award ceremony will take place on Friday 9 November 2018.
The winners and the location of the award ceremony will be announced at a later date.
List of the Cloëtta prize winners: