The Max Planck Research Award 2003 in Chemistry/Pharmacy goes to:
- Prof. Michael Grunze from the Institute for Applied Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg for developing new coatings that measure only a few nanometers and are made out of highly polymerized molecules for stents. These small tubes help to widen narrowed coronary blood vessels thus reducing the risk of thromboses or infections.
,b>- Prof. Stefan Jentsch from the Department for Molecular Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich performs research on yeast cells as model organisms to investigate repair mechanisms of human DNA and has come up with a type of cellular "protection switch". In the future, this will enable new diagnostic methods and therapies in the battle against cancer.
The Max Planck Research Award 2003 in the Engineering Sciences goes to:
- Prof. Antony P. Selvadurai from the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for his theoretical and experimental methods, with which he can predict the foundation properties of structures, such as for the frost heave of a pipeline built on permanently frozen soil.
Two scientists were awarded the Max Planck Research Award 2003 in Mathematics:
- Prof. Stephan Luckhaus from the Mathematics Institute at the University of Leipzig for his trail blazing model showing clear cut solutions for the transport of water and other substances in soil. These solutions can also describe the growth of tumor cells in healthy tissue, which, up until now, was only described theoretically
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