The Johann-Georg-Zimmermann Prize
On the occasion of its 100th jubilee in 1972, the Deutsche Hypo established a fund with a capital of DM 500,000 in support of cancer research. The fund was named after Johann Georg Zimmermann, a renowned 18th century European doctor, for two reasons: Firstly, to display the Banks connection to its new Hanover Headquarter, which was also the hub of Zimmermann’s activity as a scholar and as the personal physician to King George III. Secondly, because the name “Johann Georg Zimmermann” is synonymous to his thrive to find new and practicable ways to heal his patients.
Every year, medical faculties from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are solicited to nominate the researchers whose outstanding work rendered a great contribution to the cancer research. A scientific advisory board then reviews the nominations and selects the award-winners for the Johann-Georg-Zimmermann Resesearch Prize – dedicated to young researchers for their current scientific work – and for the Johann Georg Zimmermann Medal – dedicated to individuals with both medical and non-medical backgrounds, with an extraordinary commitment to the fight against cancer. The research prize is funded with € 10,000 and the medal with € 2,500.
From the multitude of papers submitted each year, it becomes clear that the Johann-Georg-Zimmermann prize has attained a broad resonance and recognition. Since the Deutsche Hypo established the fund in 1972, a total sum of nearly € 840,000 has been awarded to cancer research.