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Ernst Schering Prize 2017

Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka

Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria

for her outstanding research in the field of regeneration biology

Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka is a senior scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria, and the leading specialist in the field of regeneration biology. With the aid of innovative molecular biological and microscopic techniques, she was able to identify the stem cells that induce the regeneration of limbs and spinal cord in salamanders. Combining regeneration and stem cell research, her work delivers long-sought answers regarding the molecular and cellular fundamentals of regeneration.

Professor Tanaka was nominated for the Ernst Schering Prize 2017 by Dr. Jan-Michael Peters, Managing Director of Science at the IMP. “I am utterly delighted that Elly Tanaka’s research achievements are honored with the prestigious Ernst Schering Prize, for like few others, she perfectly fits the criteria for the prize.Her insights, which are the result of her creative and persistent research, are truly pioneering and will define the field of regeneration biology also for the future scientists she is training, among other places, at the IMP,” says Peters.

Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin, mentor of Professor Tanaka and director of the EMBO in Heidelberg, who will give the presentation speech at the award ceremony, says about Professor Tanaka: “Elly Tanaka is a uniquely creative and independent-minded scientist. Thanks to her, we have groundbreaking insights into the regeneration capacity of organs and tissues, which were facilitated through her original application of cutting-edge analytical methods using a classic test animal, the axolotl.”

Award Ceremony

September 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Leibnizsaal at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Markgrafenstr. 38 | 10117 Berlin

Registration is possible until September 17 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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pdf Further information with research abstract and CV

The award ceremony features a musical performance by the STEGREIF.orchester. It is the only improvised symphony orchestra worldwide, consisting of 24 young musicians who want to revolutionize classical music. Breaking away from strict conventions, they use neither sheet music nor a conductor. The resulting freedom facilitates spontaneity, improvisation, and movement. Each production is based on a classical symphony which is combined with different musical styles such as jazz, folk or techno. The STEGREIF.orchester thus creates a completely new sound experience, which is supported by an expressive choreography.

Lectures by Elly Tanaka

September 26, 2017
Lecture to high school students: How do animals regenerate their body parts?
Schulfarm Insel Scharfenberg, Berlin-Tegel (not open to the public)

September 26, 2017, 4 p.m.
Public scientific lecture: Deciphering molecules and cells for limb and spinal cord regeneration
Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies
Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum | Föhrer Str. 15 | 13353 Berlin

The lecture is aimed at scientists and students and will be in English. | Registration is not required.

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Film über Elly Tanaka

Video about Elly Tanaka


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