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Avrion Mitchison Prize and Albrecht Hasinger Lecture

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Avrion Mitchison Prize

In honor of its Founding Director, Avrion Mitchison, the Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum Berlin (DRFZ), a Leibniz Institute, annually awards the Avrion Mitchison Prize to young scientists contributing significantly to understanding and treating rheumatic diseases. Donated by the Ernst Schering Foundation until 2018, the prize is now awarded by the DRFZ.

Avrion Mitchison discovered cooperation of T and B lymphocytes as the basis of adaptive immunity and chronic inflammation. He was the first Scientific Director of the DRFZ (1989-96).

The prize is endowed with 3,000 euros.

As has been a tradition for many years, the award ceremony is held on the first tuesday in December, followed by the Albrecht Hasinger Lecture, given by a renowned international expert.


Since 1994 the Albrecht-Hasinger-Lecture is reminiscent of the achievements of Albrecht Hasinger regarding the German health care system, especially in rheumatology. Albrecht Hasinger was State Secretary for Health. He is one of the founding fathers of the DRFZ and was the first president of the board of trustees (1989-1993).

The Albrecht-Hasinger-Lecture is also the prelude to the annual training course “Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology” of the Charité for rheumatologists from all over Germany.