Special award for pioneering work in the field of rare congenital neurometabolic diseases in childhood and adolescence: The Academy of Sciences in Hamburg presented Prof. Dr. Jutta Gärtner from the University Medical Center Göttingen the 100,000 Euro science prize.
Prof. Dr. Jutta Gärtner, Director of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen, was presented with the Hamburg Science Award 2019 “Congenital Rare Diseases” today, Friday, November 8, 2019, in Hamburg City Hall in front of more than 100 invited guests. With this award, the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg honours its pioneering work in the field of rare congenital neurometabolic diseases in childhood and adolescence. The highest endowed prize of any German science academy, 100,000 euros, is donated by the Hamburg Foundation for Science, Development and Culture Helmut and Hannelore Greve.
The Academy of Sciences in Hamburg honours Prof. Dr. Jutta Gärtner as a scientist who carries out translational research in child and youth medicine at the highest level and with great commitment. She has published numerous original papers on rare neurometabolic diseases in high-ranking, international journals and has discovered and described new clinical pictures through her research work. Prof. Gärtner has thus laid decisive foundations for a better understanding of the cell metabolism in the child’s brain, thus opening the way for the development of new therapies. In addition, she has achieved internationally acclaimed breakthroughs in researching the causes and developing therapies for these rare childhood diseases. With her innovative research achievements and their transfer into clinical practice, Prof. Jutta Gärtner and her clinic are taking on the responsibility of helping young patients whose diseases have not yet been treated and their relatives.
Gärtner’s achievements in the field of research into neurodegenerative diseases in children and adolescents are outstanding, always innovative and at the same time use existing knowledge in a resource-saving way. She has been able to achieve astonishing healing successes in a short time,” said Professor Dr. Edwin J. Kreuzer, President of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg and Chairman of the seven-member jury of the Hamburg Science Prize. “Her research findings also give rise to the hope that with early diagnosis and therapy, the damage that rare neurodegenerative diseases can cause in the developing brain and nervous system can be prevented or at least contained, in order to alleviate the development of cognitive and motor disorders, including dementia”.