medac research award 2016

Award for novel yeast toxin and predatory ameba

| by Christine Vogler

Awardees of the medac research award 2016: N. Graf zu Stolberg (medac GmbH), S. Mogavero, K. Willing, T. Förster, P. Stallforth, T. Krüger, O. Kniemeyer, M. Klapper, R. Barnett, A. Brakhage (director HKI)

Microorganisms as producers of natural products are at the focus of research at the HKI - either as source for nove potential antiinfectives, or as causative agents of severe infections. Young scientists who made outstanding new discoveries in this field were honoured with the medac research award 2016. The award which is donated by the pharmaceutical company medac GmbH from Wedel, Germany, is endowed with 10.000 Euro and was presented to the awardees during the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the HKI. Support of young researchers and enabling interdisciplinary interactions are very important to the medac GmbH.

Original publications (awardees in bold):

Klapper M, Götze S, Barnett R, Willing K, Stallforth P (2016) Bacterial alkaloids prevent amoebal predation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55, 8944-8947.

Moyes DL*, Wilson D*, Richardson JP*, Mogavero S*, Tang SX, Wernecke J, Höfs S, Gratacap RL, Robbins J, Runglall M, Murciano C, Blagojevic M, Thavaraj S, Förster TM, Hebecker B, Kasper L, Vizcay G, Iancu SI, Kichik N, Häder A, Kurzai O, Luo T, Krüger T, Kniemeyer O, Cota E, Bader O, Wheeler RT, Gutsmann T, Hube B, Naglik JR (2016) Candidalysin is a fungal peptide toxin critical for mucosal infection. Nature 532(7597), 64-68. (*equal contribution)