News and Events : 2015 : November

Dr. Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary, presented the title of honorary doctor upon eight distinguished scientists and professors from all over the globe. Presented for the 42nd time, the honorary title recognizes individuals, who have made significant contributions to international science in their respective fields of expertise and have fostered relationships with Semmelweis University.

Among the 2015 awardees will be Dr. Stephan Züchner, Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. The honorary degree was awarded for Dr. Züchner’s contributions and research in the genetics of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases. His lab is amongst the pioneering groups that have promoted genome-sequencing methods for disease gene identification.

“I feel deeply honored and also personally touched by this award; growing up in East Germany I cannot forget the critical role Hungary played in bringing down the Berlin Wall,” said Dr. Züchner.

Honorary degrees are awarded in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment and achievement. The ceremony was held on November 13th, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.