14. March 2023
Leif S. Ludwig is awarded the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
© BIH/Thomas Rafalzykall

Hector RCD Awardee Leif S. Ludwig will receive the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for young researchers

Biochemist and physi­cian Leif S. Ludwig from the Berlin Insti­tute of Health at Charité and the Max Delbrück Center will receive the 2023 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers. He is a member of the Hector Fellow Academy since 2020, when he recieved the Hector Research Career Devel­op­ment Award. Ludwig has devel­oped a method that can analyse the lifelong regen­er­a­tion of cells in human blood in a way that is up to 1,000 times quicker, more reliable and less expen­sive than has previ­ously been possi­ble. In so doing, he is enabling medicine to deter­mine for the first time and with reason­able effort the activ­ity of single blood stem cells in humans.

The Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Early Career Award, first awarded in 2006, is presented once a year by the Paul Ehrlich Founda­tion to a young scien­tist working in Germany for outstand­ing achieve­ments in biomed­ical research. The prize money of €60,000 must be used for research-related purposes. The prize will be awarded to Leif S. Ludwig by the Chair­man of the Scien­tific Council of the Paul Ehrlich Founda­tion on March 14, 2023 in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche.