Prof. Frank Bradke, research group leader at DZNE and a professor at the University of Bonn, will give this year’s “Carl Zeiss Lecture”. With this award, which has been presented since 1990, the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) recognizes outstanding research.
Research in the Bradke lab focuses on how neurons grow during development and how these processes can be reactivated to induce neuronal regeneration in the inju
red spinal cord. With these studies, Frank Bradke and coworkers aim to lay the basis for novel therapies.
The Carl Zeiss Lecture – together with the presentation of other DZG awardees – will be held during a webinar on November 18, 2021.
On the laureate
After studying at the Freie Universität Berlin and University College London, Bradke carried out research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg as part of his doctoral thesis. As a postdoctoral researcher, he moved to the University of California in San Francisco and Stanford University in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried. In 2011, he was awarded the IRP Schellenberg Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of regeneration research. In the same year he became full professor at the University of Bonn, and was appointed head of the Axon Growth and Regeneration research group at the DZNE. Bradke is an elected a member of the Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences), the Academia Europaea, and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). In 2016, he was awarded the Leibniz Prize, which is the most important research award in Germany. In 2018, he received the Roger de Spoelberch Prize, which is awarded by the Swiss foundation of the same name.