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International honour for two Tübingen Max Planck researchers

Detlef Weigel and Nikos Logothetis have been elected to the American National Academy of Sciences


Tübingen, 29th April 2009. Detlef Weigel, director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, and Nikos Logothetis, director of the Department of Neurophysiology at the neighbouring Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, have been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. The Academy announced this yesterday as part of their 146th annual meeting in Washington DC. Membership of the American Academy of Sciences is one of the highest honours for scientists in the USA and is awarded for sustained outstanding research work. While Detlef Weigel, as a US citizen, has been elected as an active member, Nikos Logothetis receives the award as a foreign partner.

Detlef WeigelDetlef Weigel (47) researches the basis of genetic diversity. He wants to understand how plants and animals adapt to different environmental conditions. His chosen research subject is a flowering plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, which through its almost worldwide distribution lends itself ideally to the study of the molecular basis of the adaptation process. Dr. Weigel has been honoured with numerous scientific prizes, including the Leibniz Prize, the most lucrative research prize in Germany. Additionally, he is a member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. Since 2002, Detlev Weigel has been director of the Molecular Biology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen.

Nikos LogothetisNikos Logothetis (58) researches the physiological processes that form the basis of optical perception and the recognition of objects. He is the first researcher worldwide to combine functional magnetic resonance imaging simultaneously with measurement of nerve cell conduction. Using this approach, it has been possible to optimize and gain a better understanding of this imaging technique, which is so important in medical diagnosis. Dr. Logothetis, who has been director of the Department of Neurophysiology at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics for 12 years, has received numerous scientific prizes for his research, including the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private US organization which is comprised of internationally renowned scientists from diverse disciplines and has the goal of promoting science for the good of humankind. Since its inception in 1863, the organization has acted as an official advisor to the US government. It currently has around 2000 American members and 400 associated foreign partners.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis
Tel: 07071-601-651
E-Mail: nikos.logothetis(at)tuebingen.mpg.de

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel
Tel: 07071-601-1410
E-Mail: Detlef.Weigel(at)tuebingen.mpg.de

Susanne Diederich (Press and Public Relations)
Phone: +49 7071-601-333
Email: presse(at)tuebingen.mpg.de


Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis, Image: Anne Faden, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis, Image: Anne Faden, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics