German Atherosclerosis Society

Schönheimer Medal

Rudolf Schönheimer Medal

Rudolf Schönheimer (* May 10th 1898 in Berlin, † Sept 11th 1941 New York) was a German-American Biochemist who emigrated in 1933 to the United States after his studies in Medicine in Berlin an academic assignments both of the University of Leipzig and Freiburg. In the same year he published a landmark paper on the metabolism of cholesterol. In an animal model he was able to demonstrate that the homeostasis of cholesterol is tightly regulated (Schoenheimer, R., and F. Breusch. 1933. Synthesis and destruction of cholesterol in the organism. J. Biol. Chem. 103: 439–448). These early experiments precluded even some of the classic studies of Jacob and Monod On the mechanisms of a negative feedback in bacteria by many years and formed the basis of understanding cholesterol as a risk factor for the development in atherosclerosis.

In the light of this eminent contribution the German Atherosclerosis Society every year gives the Schönheimer Medal to a renowned member of the atherosclerosis research community to honor Rudolf Schönheimer.

Award winners

2018
W. März (Mannheim)

2017
A. von Eckardstein (Zürich)

2016
J. Schäfer (Marburg)

2015
H. Hahmann (Isny)

2014
W. König (Ulm)

2013
H. Heinle (Tübingen)

2012
J. Thiery (Leipzig)

2011
G. Utermann (Innsbruck)

2010
G. Schmitz (Regensburg)
G. Kostner (Graz)

2009
G. Siest (Nancy)
S. Bhakdi (Mainz)

2008
U. Beisiegel (Hamburg)
L. G. Braun (Melsungen)

2007
J. Senges (Ludwigshafen)

2006
L. Klein (Oy-Mittelberg)
A.Weizel (Mannheim)
G. Assmann (Münster)

2005
W. Schneider (Berlin)

2004
G. Siegel (Berlin)

2003
M. Hanefeld (Dresden)
W. Jaross (Dresden)

2002
E. Buddecke (Münster)
K. Oette (Köln)

2001
H.E. Schaefer (Freiburg)

2000
H.K. Breddin (Frankfurt)
H. Kaffarnik (Marburg)

1999
K. Lichtwer (Berlin)
E.L. Betz (Tübingen)

1998
A. Merckle (Blaubeuren)