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Ernst Bamberg receives Karl Heinz Beckurts Award 2010

Research team around Ernst Bamberg (Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen and Max Planck Institute of Biophysics Frankfurt) is awarded the Karl Heinz Beckurts Award (December 2010).

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Ernst Bamberg

Ernst Bamberg (Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics Frankfurt) together with Georg Nagel (University Würzburg) and Peter Hegemann (Humboldt University Berlin) is honored with the Karl Heinz Beckurts Award 2010 for their discovery of light-activated ion channels and their application in neurobiology. Thanks to their work, single neurons can be switched on and off by optical signals. Their discovery offers enormous clinical potential for numerous biomedical fields of application, e.g. the treatment and cure of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's or epilepsy.

The Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation annually awards up to three outstanding scientific/technical achievements that have already resulted in or are expected to offer substantial impetus towards industrial innovation. Each award is endowed with 30. 000 €.

The Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation was established in 1987 by the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers in order to honor and to maintain the memory of the scientist and manager Karl Heinz Beckurts, victim of terrorist attack in 1986. Research institutes and companies jointly provided the funding for the foundation, which especially aims at fostering the partnership between science and economy.

Sources:
Press release of the Helmholtz Center Munich (in German)
Ernst Bamberg's website