Professor Kai Simons, Founding Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) and Founder/CEO of Lipotype GmbH receives the Robert Koch Medal in Gold for his impressive lifetime achievements, in particular for his characterization of membrane-forming lipids and the development of the Lipid Raft Model.
The lipid raft model is linked to new therapy approaches, for example in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, in which malfunctions in lipid rafts play a role. Kai Simons also found clear evidence that many viruses – including influenza, Ebola, measles and HI viruses – use lipid rafts to invade their host cells or to leave them again, by encasing themselves with rafts from the cell membrane.
About the Robert Koch Foundation
The Robert Koch Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of medical progress and is based in Berlin. It promotes basic scientific research in the field of infectious diseases, as well as exemplary projects that address medical and hygienic issues. Patron of the Foundation, which was founded in 1907, is German President Joachim Gauck.Read the whole press release here (Source: Robert-Koch-Stiftung)