Scientific
Awards
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Scientific Awards by the Falk Foundation

In the spirit of our motto “Knowledge Drives Everything,” the Falk Foundation awards several scientific prizes that support the work of early-career researchers in the fields of digestive and metabolic medicine to promote greater innovation and better living.

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Herbert Falk Award

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Prof. Dr. Jan Tack, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Head of the Department of Pathophysiology at Leuven University Hospital, Belgium has been awarded the Herbert Falk Award for his scientific work. His scientific focus is on neurogastroenterology and motility with specific interest in the gut-brain axis/interaction between the GI tract and brain, formerly called functional gastrointestinal disorders. 

The Herbert Falk Award recognizes exceptional research achievements by international researchers in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. It is awarded every three years at a Falk Foundation symposium and is endowed with €40,000.

The Herbert Falk Prize committee is comprised of:
•    Jürgen Schölmerich, Frankfurt (Germany)
•    Markus M. Lerch, Munich (Germany)
•    Alain Schoepfer, Lausanne (Switzerland)
•    Robin Spiller, Nottingham (UK)
•    Séverine Vermeire, Leuven (Belgium)
•    Heiner Wedemeyer, Hanover (Germany)

Dr. Dr. Herbert Falk (1924–2008) was a doctor and a pharmaceutical scientist. He founded Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH in 1960, followed by the Falk Foundation in 1978, leaving a lasting impression on the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology both in Germany and internationally.

2010
P. Rutgeerts, Leuven (Belgium)

2013
C. Fiocchi, Cleveland, OH (USA)

2017
J. Sung, Hong Kong (China)

2022
A. Straumann, Zürich (Switzerland)

2023
J. Tack, Leuven (Belgium)

Adolf Windaus Award

The Adolf Windaus Award honors major achievements in the field of bile acid research and has been awarded every two years since 1980. Endowed with €15,000, it is bestowed during the International Bile Acid Meetings convened by the Falk Foundation.

The Adolf Windaus Prize committee is comprised of:
•    Dieter Häussinger, Düsseldorf (Germany)
•    Ulrich Beuers, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
•    Michael Trauner, Vienna (Austria)
•    Albert Parés, Barcelona (Spain)
•    Verena Keitel-Anselmino, Magdeburg (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Adolf Windaus (1876–1959) was a chemist with a passion for basic science research who won the Nobel Prize in 1928. Windaus’ research elucidated the structure of sterols, specifically cholesterol, characterized the composition of vitamin D, and developed a medicine to prevent and treat rickets. His insights laid the groundwork for the later discovery of bile acid metabolism.

1980
C. Einarsson, Stockholm (Sweden) and
K. Hellstrom, Stockholm (Sweden)

1982
E.H. Mosbach, New York, NY (USA) and
H. Danielsson, Uppsala (Sweden)

1984
M.C. Carey, Boston, MA (USA)

1986
I. Bjorkhem, Huddinge (Sweden)

1988
J.L. Boyer, New Haven, CT (USA)

1990
P.B. Hylemon, Richmond, VA (USA) and
P.J. Meier-Abt, Zurich (Switzerland)

1992
K. Okuda, Hiroshima (Japan)

1994
Z.R. Vlahcevic, Richmond, VA (USA)

1996
W. Kramer, Frankfurt (Germany)

1998
P.A. Dawson, Winston-Salem, NC (USA)

2000
D.J. Mangelsdorf, Dallas, TX (USA)

2002
D.W. Russell, Dallas, TX (USA)

2004
K.D.R. Setchell, Cincinnati, OH (USA)

2006
R. Poupon, Paris (France)

2008
N. Ballatori, Rochester, NY (USA)

2010
J. Auwerx, Lausanne (Switzerland) and
K. Schoonjans, Lausanne (Switzerland)

2012
G. Paumgartner, Munich (Germany)

2014
S. Kliewer, Dallas, TX (USA)

2016
D. Keppler, Heidelberg (Germany)

2018
B. Stieger, Zurich (Switzerland)

2020
D.D. Moore, Berkeley (USA)

2022
R.P.J. Oude Elferink, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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