Supporting medical research at UZH since 1964

The Georg Friedrich Götz Award is presented annually to two researchers who are habilitated at the University of Zurich and can demonstrate outstanding, internationally recognized achievements in the area of basic or clinical research. The award comes with total prize money of CHF 30,000.

The foundation’s founder Georg Friedrich Götz was a successful German entrepreneur, who moved to Switzerland in 1960. He had to travel to Zurich several times for operations, including for lung cancer and for bowel disease. In gratitude for the care he received, he started a foundation at the University of Zurich in 1964 which each year awards a prize for progress in medicine. Since 1969, the annual Georg Friedrich Götz Award has been awarded to more than 100 researchers in recognition of their work. The Georg Friedrich Götz Foundation is run as part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich (UZH), while the UZH Foundation has been in charge of the foundation’s business operations since 2019.

The Advisory Board comprises the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, President UZH, chair
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Director University Medicine UMZH
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Rühli, Dean Faculty of Medicine, Director Institute for Evolutionary Medicine UZH
  • Prof. Dr. Maries van den Broek, Vice Dean Research, Inst. for Experimental Immunology UZH
  • Prof. Dr. em. Hans Weder

The award

The Georg Friedrich Götz Award is presented annually to two researchers who are habilitated at the University of Zurich and can demonstrate outstanding, internationally recognized achievements in the area of basic or clinical research. The award comes with total prize money of CHF 30,000.

Aufruf Georg-Friedrich Götz Preis 2021

Festschrift des aktuellen Georg-Friedrich Götz-Preises 2019

The jury

The jury comprises the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Adriano Aguzzi (president)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Trkola
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Bassler

The winners of the Georg Friedrich Götz Prize 2019

Dr. med. Steffen Böttcher is an attending physician at the Zurich University Hospital’s Medical Oncology and Hematology Department, where he has been leading a research group since 2019. As a clinician who simultaneously conducts successful medical research, the jury hailed him as a “role model clinician scientist”. Steffen Böttcher conducts research in the field of oncology and hematology. He has published original papers and articles on the regulation of blood formation and on tumors in renowned journals, including Science, Blood, Nature Cell Biology and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Neuroscientist Prof. Dr. sc. Silvia Brem impressed the jury with her important clinical studies. Her work delivers key insights into the causes of dyslexia and contributes to the early detection and better treatment of reading and spelling disorders. Silvia Brem has been assistant professor since 2017 and leads a research group at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich. For many years she has been studying how children’s brains develop when they learn to read. In her longitudinal studies, she monitors children with impaired reading skills over several years. She has acquired unique expertise in the use of imaging techniques to visualize how the language processing network in the brains of pre-school children evolves as they learn to read.