Thudichum Award for Young Scientists

For the most outstanding publications from talented young scientists in the field of phospholipid research

Every 2 years, the PRC presents the Thudichum Award to young scientists responsible for outstanding publications with an emphasis on recent, significant contributions to research into phospholipids. Before each symposium any researcher (of 35 years of age or less) can apply for our award by submitting relevant scientific publications. The Scientific Advisory Council of the PRC will select the winner, who will present his/her work and receive the Thudichum Award at the symposium. The winner is the guest of honor of the symposium and will receive a cash prize of €5000 for his/her achievements.

Application deadline: July 15, 2021

Written applications should contain:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • List of poster presentations
  • List of lectures
  • Copies (PDF) of up to three peer-reviewed publications and/or PhD thesis.

All documents are to be submitted as PDF files or ZIP files (max. 7 MB each) by e-mail to

Thudichum Life Award

For lifelong outstanding research in the field of phospholipids

The PRC presents the Thudichum Life Award for lifelong, outstanding, and innovative scientific research in the field of phospholipid research at its biannual symposium. The Scientific Advisory Council of the PRC selects the winner and honors his or her achievements. The achievements of the Thudichum Award winner are rewarded with a cash prize.

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Thudichum

August 27, 1829 in Büdingen; died September 7, 1901 in London


A lifetime of pioneering research

The physician Ludwig Thudichum researched a wide spectrum of medical and nonmedical topics. One of his most significant achievements was his pioneering work in biochemistry. He was one of the founders of the concept of “brain chemistry” and isolated and characterized brain lipids such as lecithin and cephalins. But his findings and subsequent publication, “A Treatise on the Chemical Constitution of the Brain,” were not well received by the scientific community. Sadly, he did not witness the rehabilitation of his groundbreaking works, which today are recognized as important contributions to the fields of phospholipid research and neurochemistry.