Intercontinental collaboration honored by Interstellar Award 2021

Delighted to announce that Celia Martinez Jimenez, together with her international Interstellar team, is among the winners of the Healthy Longevity Award granted by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).


The Interstellar Initiative 2020/21, a cross-continental collaborative network established by the New York Academy of Sciences and AMED, has announced the six winning teams of its 2020/21 call for proposals to the Grand Challenge. The very unique, internationally bridging, and through the financial and mentorship support of the Interstellar Initiative scientifically aligned teams, receive now the opportunity to present substantially matured proposal to partnering funding agencies such as the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, the Alzheimer’s Association, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, among others.

Helmholtz Pioneer Campus Principal investigator Celia Martinez Jimenez, is among the selected ‘young stars of science to tackle the world’s most critical medical challenges’, together with her intercontinental partners Weiqiang Chen (New York University) and Ayako Nakamura-Ishizu (Tokyo Women's Medical University), co- recipient of one of the three Healthy Longevity Awards.

The video of Celia's team, with a laudation by Prof. Toshio Suda (Cancer Science Institute of Singapore), himself an expert in stem cell niche behaviour and cancer stem cell metabolism, can be found here


The Interstellar Initiative aligns ‚Young Stars of Science to Tackle the World’s Most Critical Medical Challenges‘. Initiated and supported by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)and the New York Academy of Sciences, Interstellar aims to increase international and interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists early in their independent careers to catalyze scientific advancement.

TheHelmholtz Pioneer Campus is an innovation campus with a startup culture at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. HPC stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that makes a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. HPC aspires the values of Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer.


The full video honoring all six teams is found here.