The 2010 Werner Risau Prize

In the download section you now can find the application document for the 2010 Werner-Risau-Prize. As in the previous years, this prize will again be awarded during the Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ), which will be organized from March 10-13, 2010 in Regensburg this time. Don´t hesitate to apply, if you think you are qualified - it`s worth it! There is the money of course, but you will also have a great audience for the presentation of your scientific work and lots of possibilities to meet with others in a very nice setting.

Our 2009 laureate: Tuomas Tammela

It is a great pleasure to announce this years winner of the Werner-Risau-Prize for outstanding achievements in endothelial cell biology, Dr. Tuomas Tamela from the Molecular Cancer Biology Laboratory at the University of Helsinki. With his Nature 2008 article on the role of VEGFR-3 signalling for the formation of new blood vessel during physiological as well as disease processes, he eventually came out first from a group of very strong competitors. VEGFR-3 stands for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-3 and represents one of the tyrosine kinase receptors that is present on the surface of developing blood vessels and lymphatic endothelium that binds certain members of the VEGF growth factor family (in mammals there are five of these VEGFs). In his study, Dr. Tammela could show that blocking VEGFR-3 signalling decreased various important aspects of angiogenesis (such as sprouting, branching, proliferation). These observations suggest that targeting VEGFR-3 could serve as an efficient means to block the formation of new blood vessels, which in turn would help in diseases that are characterized by excessive blood vessel growth such as diabetic retinopathies or the accelerated growth of solid tumours.