Peter Palese, the pioneer of modern influenza research, has been awarded the Academy’s Beijerinck Virology Prize (EUR 35,000). Palese is head of the microbiology department at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition, the Academy is awarding the Beijerinck Premium (EUR 25,000) this year to Debby van Riel of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, who researches the way in which influenza viruses use the olfactory nerve to reach the brain.
The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the Dutch Annual Virology Symposium. Peter Palese will deliver the 2015 Beijerinck Lecture.