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Grantee Deisseroth Awarded Fresenius Prize

Drs. Deisseroth and Pettigrew

Dr. Karl Deisseroth (l) won the 2017 Fresenius Research Prize. He is shown here with NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew.

Photo: Kate Egan

Germany’s Else Kroner-Fresenius Foundation awarded the 2017 Fresenius Research Prize to Stanford University professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Dr. Karl Deisseroth. He accepted the award at a ceremony on May 31 in Berlin. It recognized his achievements in optogenetics, hydrogel-tissue chemistry and research in depression.

The Fresenius Research Prize is awarded every 4 years and is the world’s largest monetary award—4 million euros—to a single researcher for scientific achievement. Deisseroth has been an NIH grantee since 2005, when he was selected for an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. 

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