Lorne Babiuk receives Helmholtz Fellowship from Günther Wess, Director, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health
Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk, Co-Chair of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta, has been named Helmholtz International Fellow during his recent visit to Germany on January 31, 2013. This marks a new beginning for HAI, as the University of Alberta and the Helmholtz Centre for Infectious Research in Braunschweig (HZI), the institution that nominated Dr. Babiuk for the fellowship, prepare to expand cooperation in the area of infectious disease. The future focus will be joint research on hepatitis.

Announced during the second annual HAI Science Forum, the newly established Helmholtz International Fellow Award honours researchers from outside Germany who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary work in Helmholtz-relevant areas. The award includes a $20,000 prize to allow the winner to conduct research in one of Helmholtz Association’s research centres.

Front row: Ulf Richter (Managing Director HZI), Dirk Heinz (Scientific Director HZI), Lorne Babiuk, Günther Wess, Jennifer Decker (Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada), Thomas Marr (Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Canada), Bernd-Uwe Schneider (Lead Science Coordinator HAI Germany, GFZ); Back row: Effrosyni Chelioti (Director International Affairs, Helmholtz Association), Phillip Hahn (Helmholtz Commissioner Health), Stefan Scherer (Managing Director HAI Canada)

Front row: Ulf Richter (Managing Director HZI), Dirk Heinz (Scientific Director HZI), Lorne Babiuk, Günther Wess, Jennifer Decker (Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada), Thomas Marr (Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Canada), Bernd-Uwe Schneider (Lead Science Coordinator HAI Germany, GFZ); Back row: Effrosyni Chelioti (Director International Affairs, Helmholtz Association), Phillip Hahn (Helmholtz Commissioner Health), Stefan Scherer (Managing Director HAI Canada)