Dr Benno Kreuels receives Award for Tropical Medicine 2021 from the German Society for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Global Health e.V. (DTG)

The German Society for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Global Health (DTG) awards the "Prize for Tropical Medicine" every two years. The prize serves to promote young scientists and is awarded for special scientific achievements in the field of tropical medicine or international health sciences. It is endowed with 5,000 euros and is currently funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation.

The Prize for Tropical Medicine 2021 was awarded to two young scientists on 17 June 2021 at the Virtual Congress for Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (KIT2021), which is also the annual meeting of the DTG.

Benno Kreuels, MD, is a senior physician at the I. Medical Clinic and Polyclinic, Section of Tropical Medicine, at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and head of clinical training at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. After completing his medical studies, he trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, followed by clinical activities in Hamburg and, at the same time, the implementation of many projects on infectious diseases in Africa. Dr Kreuels worked for several years as a senior physician at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. He has carried out extensive activities in endemic areas, especially in Ghana, and has published his findings in a total of over 50 publications in high-ranking journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Blood. His work has focused particularly on the epidemiology of malaria in Africa and the impact of malaria on child development. He has been able to differentiate the influence of genetic and environmental factors.

Dr Benno Kreuels: a doctor with short reddish hair and a short reddish beard in a grey jumper. Above his left eyebrow he wears a piercing ring.
Dr Benno Kreuels, Clinical Research Department.

A few years ago, for example, he recorded the clinical, laboratory chemical and virological course of the disease of the first Ebola patient treated in Germany in detail for the first time in the "New England Journal of Medicine" in 2014. This provided important data for the therapy and isolation of patients during the epidemic in West Africa. In addition, important data for understanding the human immune response to Ebola could be obtained. In the field of clinical tropical medicine, he also worked on the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to improve diagnostics and therapy in hospitalised patients in countries with limited resources. Here he was able to show that by introducing POCUS, the time to diagnosis and thus the length of hospital stay can be significantly reduced.

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