Silvia Brem has been awarded the 2019 Georg-Friedrich-Götz Prize. The prize consists of CHF 30’000 and is awarded each year for outstanding contributions in the field of medical research.
Silvia Brem received the prize for her important clinical and basic research studies. Her work delivers key insights into the causes of dyslexia and contributes to the early detection of reading and spelling disorders.
In the research group she leads at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, she has been studying how children’s brains develop when they learn to read for many years.
The most recent work focusses on the connection between speech sounds and letters in children with a family history of reading and spelling disorders. The results are being used to develop and evaluate an app-based training program to help children, preferably at pre-school age or when they start school.
The prize was handed to Brem by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Vice President Medicine of the University of Zurich (UZH). Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Georg Friedrich Götz Award was awarded at a very small-scale ceremony at the UZH. See video of the ceremony.
Founded in 1964, the Georg-Friedrich-Götz Foundation aims at recognizing scientific and practical contributions in medical sciences by awarding prizes. More