The Hans Neurath Award

Hans Neurath
1909 – 2002

Hans Neurath played an integral role in the early life of the Society, as a founding member and later -at age 81- as founding editor of Protein Science. His contributions to the early success of the Society were surpassed only by his larger contributions to the field of biochemistry and our early understanding of proteins.

Reflective of his prolific contributions to the understanding of the physical chemistry of proteins, The Hans Neurath Award, sponsored by the Hans Neurath Foundation, seeks to honor individuals who have made a recent contribution of exceptional merit to basic protein research.

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2015 Hans Neurath Award winner, Marina Rodnina, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry 

2015 Hans Neurath Award winner, Marina Rodnina, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

The 2015 The Hans Neurath Award recipient is Dr. Marina Rodnina (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen). Dr. Rodnina has made many groundbreaking discoveries regarding the complex process of protein synthesis by ribosomes. These include advancing our understanding of the fidelity of the information flow during translation, including decoding and recoding of the mRNA, elucidating the mechanisms of translational GTPases, revealing the RNA-based chemistry at the catalytic site of the ribosome, conceptualization of the movements taking place within the molecular machine, and illuminating the evolution and adaptation of the translational apparatus.  Key to her success has been an exceptionally careful biochemical approach combined with quantitative biophysical and structural methods, which makes her research truly unique for a molecular machine of such high complexity.

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History of The Hans Neurath Award

Past recipients of the The Hans Neurath Award include: James Hurley (2014), Jennifer Doudna (2013), Chuck Sanders (2013), Charles L. Brooks, III (2012), Johannes Buchner (2011), Wendell Lim (2010), William Eaton (2009), Robert Stroud (2008), Robert Sauer (2007), Christopher Dobson (2006), Roderick MacKinnon (2005), Carlos Bustamante (2004), James Wells (2003), Ad Bax (2002), Arthur Horwich (2001), Janet Thornton (2000), Peter Kim (1999), and Ken Dill (1998).

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Nominations

2016 nominations will be accepted starting in May, 2015.

The 2015 awards will be presented at the 29th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in Barcelona, Spain (July 22-25, 2015).

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