Since 40 years, the Prize for “Biochemical Analytic“ has paid tribute to scientists who gained important scientific insights by using analytical methods or who enhance analytical methods. F-Ulrich Hartl and Arthur L. Horwich were the first scientists to identify and characterize a certain group of proteins, the so-called chaperones. These important molecular machines help other proteins to fold properly into their three-dimensional structure. The results of the scientists are also relevant for the medical field, because misfolded proteins also play an important role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. The jury, composed of three members of the DGKL´s executive committee, specially pointed out this connection between basic research and clinical application.
The German Association for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (Deutsche Vereinte Gesellschaft für Klinische Chemie und Laboratoriumsmedizin, DGKL) emerged from the German Society of Clinical Chemistry (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Klinische Chemie, DGKC) and the German Society of Laboratory Medicine (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Laboratoriumsmedizin, DGLM) in 2003. 1100 medical doctors and scientists are member of the society.