For the year 2023, the official awarding of the ÖGAI prizes took place during the 51st Annual Meeting of the ÖGAI from September 14 – 16, 2023 in Linz.
Clemens von Pirquet Prize 2023
The Clemens von Pirquet Prize 2023 was awarded to Maria Strobl from the Institute for Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna for her work “The role of IgG1 and IgG4 as dominant IgE-blocking antibodies shifts during allergen immunotherapy”.
ÖGAI Dissertation Prize 2023
The 1st ÖGAI Dissertation Prize 2023 (Fritz and Ursula Melchers Prize) was awarded to Sophie Zahalka from Boehringer Ingelheim RCV, Vienna for her work “Concepts and mechanisms of trained immunity in pulmonary macrophages”.
The 2nd ÖGAI Dissertation Award 2023 went to Melanie Kienzl from the Otto Loewi Research Center, Medical University of Graz for her work “Regulation of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment: the role of IL-33 and 2-AG” and to Stefanie Ottersbach from the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna for her work “Exploring conformational lgE epitopes of Bet v 1 by structure-based epitope grafting”.
Karl Landsteiner Award 2023
The Karl Landsteiner Prize 2023 went to Johanna Strobl from the University Department of Dermatology, Vienna for her work “Tick feeding modulates the human skin immune landscape to facilitate tick-borne pathogen transmission “and to Louisa Hill from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany for her work “Igh and Igk loci use different folding principles for V gene recombination due to distinct chromosomal architectures of pro-B and pre-B cells”.