Andrei Yudin wins 2022 Konrad Adenauer Research Award

June 16, 2022 by Dan Haves

Professor Andrei Yudin is the recipient of the 2022 Konrad Adenauer Research Award for strengthening scientific and cultural relations between Canada and Germany.

With this award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours scientists from Canada whose fundamental discoveries and insights have shaped their own subject area beyond their immediate field of work and who, through their personality and research, strengthen scientific and cultural relationships between Canada and Germany. The award winners are also invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues.

"I am particularly grateful to my sabbatical host, Professor Peter Seeberger”, says Yudin. "And this recognition of my lab’s work will allow us to establish new collaborations with colleagues in Germany."

Yudin, a Canada Research Chair in Medicine by Design, has developed a number of powerful tools for chemical synthesis. One goal of his research is the development of new bioactive molecules that can be used to treat diseases. Recently he has been particularly concerned with the transfer of basic research into the application of specific medicinal products.

As part of the award, Yudin plans to collaborate on research into the automated synthesis of bioactive macrocycles with Seeberger from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and other colleagues in Germany. This cooperation could lead to important new technologies in the healthcare sector.