The 2016 Cloëtta Prize was awarded on November 4 2016 to the professors Andreas Lüthi (FMI, Basel) und Michel Gilliet (University Hospital Lausanne) The award ceremony took place at the Centre of Science and Research of the University Hospital Basel.
The renowned fear researcher Professor Andreas Lüthi of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel will receive the prize for his ground-breaking work aimed at achieving a better understanding of the processes that take place in the brain when we learn to be afraid of something. He has succeeded in identifying and characterising increasingly large parts of the neural circuits in the amygdala in the brain which trigger fear responses and influence the severity of these responses. In the case of anxiety disorders in particular – posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for example – these fear responses are insufficiently controlled. His findings have also helped in general to advance understanding of learning processes in the brain.
Professor Michel Gilliet of the University of Lausanne will receive the prize as “one of the world’s most outstanding scientists in the field of immunology and dermatology,” (Lars French, Zurich). As a specialist in skin immune response, he made a series of ground-breaking discoveries that have influenced our basic understanding of immune function and the development of various autoimmune diseases of the skin. The discovery of the function and mode of action of the dendritic cells and their peptides led in psoriasis research in particular to significant new findings regarding the genesis of the disease and new treatment approaches.
The next Cloëtta-Award Ceremony is planned on Friday, November 3 2017. The awardees and the location will be announced later.
List of the Cloëtta prize winners: