The 2011 Werner Risau Prize

As in the previous years, you can find the application document for the next 2011 Werner-Risau-Prize in the download section. The prize will again be awarded during the Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ), which will be held from March 30 - April 2, 2011 in the city of Bonn this time. Don´t hesitate to apply, if you think you are qualified - it`s worth it! The application deadline is January 15, 2011.

Boris Strilic v2.0

A new PDF kindly provided by the editors of Zellbiologie aktuell, the official magazine of the German Society for cell biology, is now available for download, in which Boris Strilic summarized his work on lumen formation in blood vessels. The corresponding publication of this work in the prestigious journal Developmental Cell eventually earned him the Werner-Risau-Prize.
And just as a side remark: Receiving the Werner-Risau-Prize usually does not harm your career - Boris Strilic is now a group leader in the department of Prof. Stefan Offermanns at the MaxPlanck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

The impact of Werner Risau´s work

The reverberation of the novel concepts and views that Werner Risau had developed in the field of angiogenesis research, i.e. on the molecular mechanisms that direct the growth of new blood vessels in development and disease, can still be vividly heard - more than ten years after his death: In a very recent article published in The International Journal of Developmental Biology Domenico Ribatti from the University of Bari Medical School, Italy, reviewed the seminal work of Werner Risau in the study of the development of the vascular system and in particular on the formation and maintenance of the blood-brain barrier. Here is a link to the abstract. We will try to also make the PDF available in the download section. Please check back soon!

Boris Strilic: Our 2010 laureate!

Better late than never! Finally, It is a great pleasure to introduce this years winner of the Werner-Risau-Prize for outstanding achievements in endothelial cell biology, Dr. Boris Strilic from the Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany. With his seminal study (Dev Cell 17, 505-515) Boris Strilic and coworkers presented a series of elegant experiments that demonstrated a unique way how the lumen of newly formed blood vessels could be formed. This study was also featured by an extra comment in the same issue of Developmental Cell by Kevin Nelson and Greg Beitel and made it even to the cover page of this issue with one of the micrographs.