Prof. Latz and former member Prof. Hornung receive Leibniz Price

December 14, 2017

Prof. Dr. Eike Latz from the Institute of Innate Immunity, University of Bonn. (c) Picture: Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn


Congratulation to Prof. Eicke Latz, Institute of Innate Immunity and former cluster member Prof. Veit Hornung, now Gene Center Munich (LMU Munich) for receiving the most prestigious german research award: the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Price.

The Latz Lab has a longstanding interest in deciphering the molecular mechanisms of innate immune receptor activation. In particular, the lab is interested in understanding how innate recep- tors interact with their ligands and how this molecular interaction leads to receptor activation. Recently, we have also focused on the molecular details of the mechanisms that lead to the activation of the NLRP3 and AIM2 inflammasome. Another goal is to devise means to pharmacologically interfere with the activation of innate immune receptors in order to develop novel approaches to treat in ammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or atherosclerosis.

Eicke Latz and Veit Hornung are two of the most well-known researchers in the field of innate immunology. The two researchers share their price worth 1,25 Million Euro each.


Find the german press release here.