Silvia King Prize
Congratulations to Dr. Johann Jende (Project A03)!

Congratulations to Dr. Johann Jende!

This year, the Silvia King Award of the German Diabetes Association goes to Johann Malte Enno Jende, MD, from Heidelberg. The award winner is an assistant physician in the Department of Neuroradiology at Heidelberg University Hospital and conducts research on the topic of pain. He receives the sponsorship award donated by the King family for his work on the topic of "High-field magnetic resonance neurography in diabetic polyneuropathy".

Johann Jende studied human medicine at Charitè University Medicine in Berlin from 2004 to 2011. From 2006 to 2012, he was a research assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Neurology at Charité's Benjamin Franklin Campus. There, he conducted research focusing on cognition and motor function in basal ganglia diseases. From 2012 to 2013, he was a resident physician specializing in neurology and internal medicine at the Swiss Paraplegic Center Nottwil. In June 2013, the award winner completed his dissertation on "The influence of levodopa on implicit learning performance in patients with Parkinson's disease", supervised by Professor Dr. med. Fabian Klostermann at the Charitè, with "summa cum laude". From 2014 to 2015, Johann Jende was a resident physician in the neurology department there.

Since February 2015, Johann Jende has been a resident physician in the Department of Neuroradiology at Heidelberg University Hospital. In June 2020, the awardee obtained the recognition as a specialist in radiology. He is also a research associate in the Department of Neuroradiology there, focusing on "Structural nerve imaging using high-field MRI in diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system."

He also conducts research in the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 1158 on "Pain" with his own research group focusing on "High-field magnetic resonance neurography in diabetic polyneuropathy". In collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine 1 / Clinical Chemistry at Heidelberg University Hospital, he and his research group are building the world's largest collective of diabetic patients characterized by MR neurography.

The Silvia King Award is awarded to young scientists in the field of clinical diabetology. For more information, please visit:

Photo credit: Dr. Johann Jende

Text was translated from the German version of the laudatory speech that was held by Prof. Dan Ziegler from Düsseldorf.


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