The Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation was established in 1989 Gertrud Reemtsma. Gertrud Reemtsma’s intension was to further her brother’s lifelong scientific and clinical mission, i.e. to combine basic brain research with potential applications for the benefit of patients suffering from neurological diseases. Her brother, Klaus Joachim Zülch, was a former Director of the Cologne Department of General Neurology at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Direktor der Neurologischen Klinik Köln-Merheim. The main goal of the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation is to recognizing and rewarding international excellence in translational neuroscience that impacts human health by awarding the »International Prize for Translational Neuroscience«, formerly named after Klaus Joachim Zülch (until 2019) to outstanding neuroscientists and clinicians. The Foundation also supports speakers at neuroscience meetings as well as events for the next generation of neuroscientists and clinicians. The Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation is administered by the Max Planck Society as a trust.
Gertrud Fürchtegott Reemtsma was born the 6th September 1916 as the seventh child of Hans Georg Zülch, mayor of Allenstein, East Prussia.
In 1939 she married the entrepreneur Philipp Fürchtegott Reemtsma, who died 1959.
In 1989 Gertrud Reemtsma established the Foundation as part of the Max Planck Society. The main issue of the foundation is to annually award the International Prize for Translational Neuroscience and to support the next generation of neuroscientists and clinicians. Gertrud Reemtsma died the 19th of January 1996.
Board of Trustees
Prof. Dr. Manfred Westphal
Secretary of the Foundation
Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurochirurgie
Tel.: +49 40 7410-53750
Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Köln
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