Balzan Prize 2016 for Reinhard Jahn
It is regarded as one of the most prestigious scientific awards: This year’s Balzan Prize goes to Prof. Reinhard Jahn from Göttingen, Germany. The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry receives the CHF 750,000 Prize in the field of molecular and cellular neurosciences for his pioneering research into signal transmission in the nervous system. As a neurobiologist, he has researched how nerve cells communicate with each other and which molecular mechanisms underlie this signal transmission. Half of the 750,000 Swiss francs in prize money will flow into research projects with young scientists.
In addition to his research, Reinhard Jahn has always been committed to promoting junior scientists. He has been a member of the jury for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators since 2008 and became its Chairman in 2012.
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