Professor Thomas F. Meyer awarded Robert Koch Gold Medal

CAU senior professor and PMI cluster member receives high distinction for his life's work



Professor Thomas F. Meyer, member of the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI) and Senior Professor at the Medical Faculty of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), was awarded the Robert Koch Medal in Gold on Saturday (14.11.2020). The award is one of the highest scientific distinctions in the field of infectious medicine; among the prize winners are several later Nobel Prize winners. With the medal, the Robert Koch Foundation honors the outstanding scientific life's work of Professor Meyer, who to this day has set milestones in infection research up to the discovery of causative mechanisms of cancer development.


Professor Dr. Thomas F. Meyer
Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology (IKMB)
Kiel University (CAU) and University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)

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© Max-Planck-Institut für Infektionsbiologie / David Ausserhofer

Professor Thomas F. Meyer, senior professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University, is this year’s Robert Koch Gold Medal recipient for his outstanding scientific life's work.

golden medal
© David Außerhofer

The Robert Koch Foundation awards the Robert Koch Gold Medal annually to honor the outstanding life's work of scientists. Many prizewinners have subsequently been awarded a Nobel Prize.

About the Cluster of Excellence PMI

The Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI) is being funded from 2019 to 2025 through the German Excellence Strategy (ExStra). It succeeds the "Inflammation at Interfaces” Cluster, which was already funded in two periods of the Excellence Initiative (2007-2018). Around 300 members from eight institutions at four locations are involved: Kiel (Kiel University, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)), Lübeck (University of Lübeck, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)), Plön (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology) and Borstel (Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center).

The goal is to translate interdisciplinary research findings on chronic inflammatory diseases of barrier organs to healthcare more intensively, as well as to fulfil previously unsatisfied needs of the patients. Three points are important in the context of successful treatment, and are therefore at the heart of PMI research: the early detection of chronic inflammatory diseases, the prediction of disease progression and complications, and the prediction of individual responses to treatment.

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