DZD researcher receives 2014 Gill Distinguished Scientist Award

The Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science is honoring Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, with this year's Linda and Jack Gill Distinguished Scientist Award. In doing so, the Gill Center at Indiana University Bloomington is paying tribute to Tschöp's scientific achievements in the identification of the network between the brain and metabolism.


The diabetes researcher's scientific work focuses on the complex network between the brain and metabolism and on the role of numerous metabolic hormones. Understanding the role the brain plays in metabolism offers new potential for treatment strategies to combat widespread metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.

From basic research to translational therapies
With his revolutionary breakthroughs in the medicinal modulation of metabolic hormones, Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp has substantially contributed to innovative treatment strategies. Tschöp has developed unimolecular, combination therapeutic agents based on his findings. These agents imitate positive metabolic effects, leading to improved metabolic performance, particularly with respect to blood sugar and body weight.

25,000 dollars in prize money for outstanding research in neuroscience
The Linda and Jack Gill Distinguished Scientist Award, which is endowed with 25,000 US dollars, is awarded annually by the Gill Center for Biomolecular Science, Indiana University Bloomington. It honors outstanding achievements in cellular and molecular neuroscience. The prize will be presented at the Gill Symposium.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp's vita
Dr. Tschöp studied medicine at the Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, then took a position at an international pharmaceutical firm in the US concurrent with a position at the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) in Potsdam. From 2003 to 2011, Tschöp taught and conducted research as a Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Since 2011, he has been the Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center. During this time, he has also held the chair of the Department of Metabolic Diseases at the Technische Universität München (TUM).

Tschöp has been internationally recognized for his work. His honors include the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award of the American Diabetes Association, the Paul-Martini-Prize, the Erwin Schrödinger-Prize and an Alexander von Humboldt professorship.