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Presentation of the Sinnecker Kunz Award

Dr. Adnan Hodžic from the Institute of Parasitology at Vetmeduni Vienna was honoured for his outstanding achievements with the presentation of the renowned 2019 Sinnecker Kunz Award. The award was presented during the 13th International Symposium on Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Weimar, Germany.

© Adnan Hodžić

The aim of the Sinnecker Kunz Award is to promote young scientists conducting research in the field of tick-borne diseases. This year, one of the coveted prizes went to the parasitologist Adnan Hodžic from the Institute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. His outstanding research work “Canine anti-alpha-Gal antibodies: Potential role in red meat allergy and protection against tick-borne pathogens” was awarded the prestigious international science award.

Adnan Hodžicstudied veterinary medicine at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he completed his master’s degree in parasitology. Adnan holds a PhD from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and he is currently enrolled in the residency programme of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) at the Institute of Parasitology, Vetmeduni Vienna.

He is a member of the Austrian Society of Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Migration Medicine (ÖGTPM), the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) and the European Society for Vector Ecology (E-SOVE).

About the Sinnecker Kunz Award

The prestigious Sinnecker Kunz Award is named in honour of the virologists Herbert Sinnecker and Christian Kunz. Sinnecker was the first to isolate the tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus in Germany in the late 1950s. Kunz developed the first TBE vaccine in 1973.