Thomas Gasser, head of clinical research at the DZNE in Tübingen and former site speaker, was recently accepted as a new academician of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina together with other scientists, of the so-called Class III - Medicine.
In Halle, he received his membership certificate during the evening class III lecture given by radiologist and cancer researcher Anca-Ligia Grosu. This award honours his services to the neurosciences, especially in the field of Parkinson's research.
Founded in 1652, the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina, with its approximately 1,600 members from almost all scientific disciplines, is a classic scholarly society. It was named the German National Academy of Sciences in 2008. In this function, it has two special tasks: to represent German science abroad and to advise politicians and the public.
Classes and sections form the scientific working framework of the Leopoldina. All academy members are organized into 28 subject sections according to their research area, which in turn are assigned to four classes. This class association, introduced in 2009, promotes interdisciplinary discussion and the participation of members in the Academy's work.