The Arnold Rikli Award

The Arnold Rikli Award is an international award offered to all scientific disciplines represented in photo biology that focus on the effects of optical radiation on the human organism. Research work focussing on this topic can be considered for the Arnold Rikli Award. The interdisciplinary character of the Arnold Rikli Awardis evident in the wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, including medicine, epidemiology, physics or even meteorology. Representatives of all of the aforementioned have won the award.

The applications are assessed by an independent scientific jury. Apart from an overall assessment of the research projects the individual members of the jury evaluate independent from each other the practical and clinical significance, originality and relevance, scientific interest, methodology and presentation by means of a points system.

The Arnold Rikli Award stands under the patronage of the European Society for Photobiology (ESP).

The panel is composed of internationally acclaimed experts:

  • Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Bayerl, Wiesbaden
  • Prof. Dr. Rex Tyrrell, Bath (GB)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Heering, Karlsruhe
  • Dr. med. Rolfdieter Krause, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann, Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Reichrath, Homburg
Jury 2018 in Stuttgart
Jury 2018 in Stuttgart
v.l.n.r. front line: Prof. Heering, Prof. Bayerl, Prof. Tyrrell
v.l.n.r. back line: Dr. Bocionek, Prof. Reichrath, Dr. Stange, Herr Wolff

Arnold Rikli Award 2019:

The announcement for the 20. Arnold Rikli Award in the amount of 10.000,- € for the year 2019  can be found here: 

Applications for the 20th Arnold Rikli Award 2019 can be submitted to the following address until January 31, 2020: 

Dr. Peter Bocionek,
c/o JW Holding GmbH
Kölner Str. 8
D-70376 Stuttgart, Germany
E-Mail: peter.bocionek@jw-holding.de

Arnold Rikli Sponsorship Award:

The sponsorship prize to the value of 5,000 Euro was announced for the first time in 2016 as an addition to the annual Arnold Rikli Award and is intended particularly for young photobiological scientists up to 35 years old. The 2nd sponsorship prize was announced in 2018.

The previous winners of the Arnold Rikli Sponsorship Award are:

2016
Sonja Faßbender und Kevin Sondenheimer (Düsseldorf, Deutschland):
Keratinocytes Counteract UVB-Induced Pigmentation Via HIF-1alpha Activation

2018
Pilar Acedo Núñez (London, Großbritannien):
Tackling cancer stem cells via light-based therapies as a novel therapeutic strategy to improve pancreatic cancer outcomes


The Arnold Rikli Award ceremony 2018

The prize ceremony for the 19th Arnold Rikli Award took place on the occasion of the International Symposium “Biologic Effects of Light” on June 7, 2019 in Homburg/Saar (Germany)

The winner of the Arnold Rikli Award 2018 is Dr. Jolien Robijns, Limburg Clinical Research Program, Hasselt University, Hasselt (Belgium).

The prize was awarded for her scientific work with the subject: “Photobiomodulation therapy for the prevention and management of acute radiodermatitis in cancer patients”.

The prize winner treated successfully via photobiomodulation the radiodermatitis, a very frequent occurring side effect of radiation therapy at cancer patients. The symptoms of radiodermatitis are erythema and desquamation of the skin at which four severity grades are distinguished. Radiation from the red visible to the near infrared range (about 600 to 1,300 nm) is applicated with laser or LED irradiation devices at the photobiomodulation which is also known with the description Low Level Light Therapy. The substantial outcome of photobiomodulation are stimulation of wound healing, anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects. Dr. Robijns undertook a randomized and placebo-controlled clinical study with breast cancer patients among other things and proved the good success of the treatment particularly at higher severity grades of radiodermatitis. Photobiomodulation reduces significantly the incidence of severe acute radiodermatitis, reduces pain and discomfort during and after radiation therapy and thus improves the patient’s quality of life.

Prize ceremony, June 7, 2019
f.l.t.r.: Jörg Wolff (prize sponsor), Dr. Jolien Robijns

Former Arnold Rikli Award winners

The following scientists were awarded for their research with the Arnold Rikli Prize:

2018
J. Robijns (Hasselt, Belgium) Photobiomodulation therapy for the prevention and management of acute radiodermatitis in cancer patients

2017
A. Kawasaki (Lousanne, Schweiz) und
M. Münch (Berlin, Deutschland)
Acute non-visual light responses in patients and healthy controls

2016
L. Zastrow (Monaco) 
Free Radical Formation in Human Skin and Threshold Value: A New Universal Body Constant

2015
not awarded

2014
T. Tüting (Bonn, Deutschland)
Ultraviolet-radiation-induced inflammation promotes angiotropism and metastasis in melanoma

2013
T. Haarmann-Stemmann (Düsseldorf, Deutschland)
The role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signalling pathway in the cutaneous UVB response.

2012
S. Emmert (Göttingen, Germany)
DNA repair, photocarcinogenesis and new phototherapeutic approaches

2011
C. Suschek (Düsseldorf, Deutschland)
Whole Body UVA Irradiation Lowers Systemic Blood Pressure by Release of Nitric Oxide From Intercutaneous Photolabile Nitric Oxide Derivates

2010
J. Schauber (München, Germany)
Regulation of the innate immune defence in human skin by UV phototherapy via activation of the vitamin D3 metabolism.

2009
J. C. van der Leun (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Climate change and skin cancer

2008
C. Jantschitsch (Kiel, Germany)
Infrared radiation confers resistance to UV-induced apoptosis

2007
T. Maisch (Regensburg, Germany)
The role of singlet oxygen and oxygen concentration in photodynamic inactivation of bacteria

2006
J. Reichrath (Homburg/Saar, Germany),
Balance between risks of vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer.

2001
R. Krause (Berlin, Germany),
The role of UV light in cardovascular risk

1998
C.F. Garland, F.C. Garland and E.G. Gorham (San Diego, USA),
UV light and vitamin D in human health, epidemiological exploration

1995
D.E. Brash (Yale, USA),
p53 and photocarcinogenesis

1992
A. Falkenbach (Frankfurt/Main, Germany),
UV-exposition for health care

1991
H. Meffert and H.-P. Scherf (Berlin, Germany), Systematic photo effects
   
1990
J. Krutmann (Freiburg, Deutschland),
Photoimmunology

1989
M. F. Holick (Boston, USA),
Vitamin D photosynthesis
Support prizes: E. Lembke (Kartzow, Deutschland) and P. Lehmann (Düsseldorf, German)

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