Robert Koch Award goes to Emory Vaccine Center Director Rafi Ahmed
The Robert Koch Foundation is jointly awarding the 2017 Robert Koch Award, with prize money of 120,000 euros, to Professors Rafi Ahmed, Emory University and Emory Vaccine Center, Atlanta, USA, and Antonio Lanzavecchia, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The award recognizes the two immunologists' pioneering research on regulation of the immune system and their ground-breaking contributions on the development of new vaccines and immunotherapies.
Rafi Ahmed will receive the Robert Koch Award for his pioneering studies on immunological memory and T cell exhaustion, which have also proven highly fruitful for clinical research and treatment. Dr. Ahmed is also a faculty member in the IMP and MMG programs.