The prestigious prize is awarded to Peter Hegemann for his optogenetics research
The Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research is one of the most prestigious prizes in the biomedical sciences that has been awarded since 1946. Almost 50% of the awardees have gone on to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine.
This year, the award honors three scientists “for the discovery of light-sensitive microbial proteins that can activate or silence individual brain cells and for their use in developing optogenetics”, as stated in a press release by the Lasker Foundation. Hector Fellow Peter Hegemann was awarded for discovering specific channel proteins in single-celled algae. The advances of the three scientists enabled the field that is used to “untangle the elaborate networks that underlie healthy physiology and neurological disease”.
In a pre-recorded video message, Peter Hegemann emphasized his gratefulness for the award and expounded on the research journey that led to the foundation of optogenetics.
Congratulations to Peter Hegemann!