The Nobel Prize for Medicine Erwin Neher visits the ULPGC – La Provincia

The Nobel Prize for Medicine Erwin Neher visits the ULPGC - La Provincia


The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates next Tuesday, February 5 the 'Nobel Veterinary Campus', an act framed within the activities in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the institution, and that will have the presence of the award Nobel 1991 of Medicine and Physiology, Erwin Neher, accompanied by his wife EMaria Neher, biochemistry and director of the XLAB experimental laboratory at the University of Göttingen (Germany).

Both researchers will maintain contact with the university community and will be presented by the rector of the ULPGC, Rafael Robaina; the mayor of Arucas, Juan Jesús Facundo and the dean of the FAccuracy of Veterinary, Juan Alberto Corbera.

This activity aims to bring the figure of researchers of recognized prestige to the entire university community and especially to students of the university. The ULPGC works to be the first of a series of acts of this entity.

Erwin Neher was born March 20, 1944 in Landsberg, Germany. Doctor and biologist, in 1968 he worked at the Max Planck Institute, in the Department of Psychiatry, located in Munich, and received his doctorate in 1970. He guided his studies towards the complex field of Psychobiology, searching for new techniques that would detect the subtle nervous currents of the cell.

In 1991 he shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology with Bert Sakmann for the development of new techniques to investigate the cellular microcosm, both in its anatomy and in its physiology, which made it possible to discover new internal mechanisms of that biological unit and observe, from a new approach, cellular behaviors related to the surrounding environment. His research facilitated the understanding of diseases such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis and the development of new medicines.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, he was awarded in 1987 with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the highest distinction given to a researcher in Germany. In several interviews in recent years, Neher has been a strong advocate of the role of women in science, betting on the need to improve the percentage of women scientists and even warning of the 'plug' of young scientists that holds women back.

Eva-Maria Neher was born November 22, 1950 in Ruhr, Germany. She is the director of XLAB Göttingen, an experimental laboratory founded in the year 2000 and which stands out for proposing a completely innovative approach to teaching science, with the aim of reducing the gap between secondary and university education. With approximately 12,000 students per year, it is part of the Max Planck Society and is considered one of the largest laboratories in Germany.

He studied Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Microbiology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) where years later he obtained his Doctorate. He has worked as a scientific assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in the Department of Construction of Molecular Systems and also at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. She has been awarded the Lower Saxony State Award for her commitment to science education in 2007.

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