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Prof. Herbert Waldmann Awarded for Outstanding Contributions to Chemical Biology

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Prof. Herbert Waldmann on a stage with three other men. In his hands he is holding the Nauta Award. © Fabien Venturi
Prof. Herbert Waldmann (2nd from right) received the Nauta Award at a symposium in Nice in the presence of Prof. Henk Timmerman, Dr. Andele Nauta, and Prof. Rui Moreira (from left to right).

The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology has awarded Prof. Herbert Waldmann, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at TU Dortmund University and Director of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Molecular Physiology, the Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award for his trailblazing work in the field of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. By developing a large number of outstanding concepts, he has laid the groundwork for chemical biology as a discipline and promoted the European scientific community through numerous interdisciplinary partnerships between academia and industry.

Prof. Herbert Waldmann is a leader in the field of chemical biology. At the intersection between biology and chemistry, he combines methods from both disciplines and uses molecular probes as powerful tools for studying biological phenomena. One of his research focuses is the production and analysis of peptide and protein compounds that control vital biological processes, such as transmitting growth signals and transporting biomolecules within the cell, and thus play a major role in neurodegenerative diseases or the development of cancer.

Since being appointed as Director at the MPI of Molecular Physiology and Professor of Organic Chemistry at TU Dortmund University in 1999, Waldmann has made a significant contribution to turning the Dortmund location into an internationally visible center for chemical biology. He is the initiator of the Chemical Genomics Center, founded in 2005, which the Max Planck Society operates alongside research-oriented pharmaceutical companies in Dortmund. As an author, Prof. Waldmann has published well over 500 articles in renowned scientific journals. He has received numerous prizes and honors for his work in the field of chemical biology, including the Otto Bayer Award, the Emil Fischer Medal of the German Chemical Society, and an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Nauta Award

The Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology recognizes outstanding scientific research results in the field of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology conducted by researchers of any nationality. The prize is awarded every two years by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC) and is endowed with 7,500 euros. Prof. Herbert Waldmann was presented with the award in early September at the EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Nice, France.

The Nauta Award was endowed in commemoration of Prof. W. Th. Nauta. His work has helped advance medicinal chemistry and chemical biology and contributed to the development of international organizational structures for these disciplines.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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