The Princess of Asturias Foundation has recognised Professor Kariko for her contribution to the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Katalin Kariko received the award in Oviedo, Spain, on Friday 22nd October, with the Spanish royal family in attendance. She was one of seven Laureates in the ‘Technical and Scientific Research’ category for 2021 recognised for contributing to the development of some of the COVID-19 vaccines approved to date.
Hungarian biochemist Professor Katalin Kariko is Senior Vice President, BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her fields of scholarship include the therapeutic use of mRNA, mRNA-based antibody therapeutics, mRNA-based protein replacement therapy and mRNA vaccines. Professor Kariko’s research, together with immunologist Drew Weissman, led to the development of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Together, they have received several awards for their revolutionary research, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Professor Kariko was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2020.
For the 20th in our Interview Spotlight series, we were honoured to meet with world-renowned mathematician, physicist and Nobel laureate, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE, winner of Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal, 2021.
This interview took place following a very special award ceremony for Sir Roger at Wadham College, University of Oxford, on 24th September, at which Sir Roger was presented with the Erasmus Medal and gave the accompanying Erasmus Lecture. Professor Ole Petersen CBE FMedSci FLSW MAE ML FRS, Vice-President of the Academia Europaea, presented the medal on behalf of the AE President. The lecture was shown during the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Academia on 20th October, 2021. The laudation was given by Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees, The Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci, FBA (Hon) MAE.
We were so pleased to interview Professor David Allison of Indiana University, expert in nutrition and obesity, about his passion for scientific rigour and evidence-informed policymaking.
About Professor David Allison MAE
David Allison MAE is Dean, Distinguished Professor, and Provost Professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University. His fields of scholarship include nutrition, obesity, behavioural medicine and medical psychology. He has authored over 500 scientific publications and received many awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society.
The current edition of the Hypatia Prize will recognise a research career in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the call for nominations is open until 30th September 2021.
The Prize recognises an outstanding researcher who has achieved a career of excellence at the highest international level and has made a significant contribution toward different fields of knowledge, as well as a positive impact on society.
Nature Medicine, a top research journal devoted to publishing the latest advances in translational and clinical research for scientists and physicians, has published an article by Professor Péter Hegyi MAE and colleagues.
The article titled ‘Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot’ explores the need for improvement in implementing scientific results in healthcare. In the article, Hegyi, P., Erőss, B., Izbéki, F. et al. introduce a new Translational Medicine (TM) model that facilitates and accelerates the application of scientific knowledge for community benefit.
Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales are among the newly elected scholars for 2021.
Academia Europaea’s Board of Trustees has announced that 366 international scholars have been elected to the membership, following a rigorous peer review process. AE Cardiff is delighted that Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales, are joining the growing number of MAEs in Wales.