Yvette van Kooyk received the NWO Spinoza Prize!!

Six researchers awarded the highest distinction in Dutch Science

21 June 2019

Today, NWO chair Stan Gielen announced that professor Bas van Bavel, professor Yvette van Kooyk, professor Ronald Hanson and professor Amina Helmi have received the NWO Spinoza Prize, and professor Andrea Evers and professor Jack Pronk the NWO Stevin Prize. The Spinoza and Stevin Prizes are the highest awards in Dutch science. Each laureate will receive 2.5 million euros, which they can spend on scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilisation.

The researchers are receiving the prize for their outstanding, pioneering and inspiring work. This year outstanding researchers will be awarded the Spinoza Prize and the Stevin Prize for the 25thtime. The key focus of both prizes is the quality of the researcher: whereas the Spinoza Prize emphasises the scientific work and fundamental questions, the Stevin Prize primarily honours the societal impact.

Internationally renowned leading scientists

Medical biologist Yvette van Kooyk unravelled how the immune system becomes deregulated during the development of cancer, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. She discovered that certain sugar molecules, called glycanes, can stimulate or inhibit the communication between cells of the immune system. Now she is the world expert in this field called glycoimmunology. Van Kooyk uses her knowledge to develop nano-medicines that support the immune system in its fight against cancer and other diseases. She is Professor and Head of Department Molecular Cell Biology at Amsterdam AMC, location VUmc.

Award ceremony in October 2019

The festive award ceremony of the Spinoza and Stevin Prizes will take place on Wednesday 2 October 2019 in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. During the ceremony, the Spinoza and Stevin laureates will explain their research to the audience and state how they intend to use the financial part of their prize.