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Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina

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2017 Robert Koch Prize to Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia

on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

As previously announced, the 2017 Robert Koch Award was jointly attributed with prize money of 120,000 euros, to Professors Antonio Lanzavecchia, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Università della Svizzera italiana, Bellinzona, and Rafi Ahmed, Emory University and Emory Vaccine Center, Atlanta, USA.

Dr. Erlen (Chairman of the Robert Koch Foundation), Prof. Walsh (emeritus Professor at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, 2017 Robert Koch Gold Medal), Prof. Lanzavecchia, Prof. Ahmed, Prof. Stroppe (State Secretary from the German Minister of Health)

©David Ausserhofer

The Robert Koch Award is one of the most prestigious scientific awards in Germany. It is awarded annually to scientists for their outstanding and internationally recognized achievements. Robert Koch award winners enjoy high international acclaim, undoubtedly because, since 1975, eleven prizewinners have subsequently been awarded a Nobel Prize.  

This year the award recognizes the two immunologists’ pioneering research on regulation of immune system and their groundbreaking contributions on the development of new vaccines and immunotherapies.  




The award ceremony took place on November 3, 2017 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, in Berlin, Germany.

The IRB wishes to congratulate Prof. Lanzavecchia for this prestigious award.