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Dual honors for Klaus Rajewsky

Klaus Rajewsky has received two awards recognizing his lifetime achievement in science. Both came in October: The German Society for Hematology and Medical Oncology awarded him honorary membership at a ceremony in Vienna, while Masaryk University awarded him the Mendel Medal in Brno, Czech Republic.

The German Society for Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO) described Professor Klaus Rajewsky as one of the most influential scientists working in immunology. In recognition of his lifetime achievement in science, the DGHO awarded him honorary membership during the joint annual meeting of the German, Austrian, and Swiss societies in Vienna. Professor Margaret Shipp of Harvard Medical School in Boston received the same honor. Rajewsky previously worked at the University of Cologne and at Harvard Medical School, and now leads the Immune Regulation and Cancer Lab at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin.

“When we start a new project in our lab, it almost always builds on a paper by Klaus Rajewsky. And that’s just one sign of how much his work has influenced our understanding of B cells,” said Professor Marek Mraz of Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic. He introduced Rajewsky when the professor gave a Mendel Lecture – part of a highly regarded series held in the Mendel Museum in Brno – in mid-October. On behalf of Masaryk University, Mraz also presented Rajewsky with the Gregor Johann Mendel Medal for outstanding achievements in science. Mendel was a member of the Order of Saint Augustine in Brno, and the experiments he performed in the monastery garden led him to be known as the father of genetics. This year marks his 200th birthday.


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