The Meyerhof Lecture was first held in 1997. It is named after Otto Meyerhof, one of the founding directors of our institute (Department of Physiology, 1929-1938) who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1922. His work on the chemical events in muscle cells founded the science of intermediate metabolism, its pathways and energetics. His research started a long tradition of muscle research at the institute. Hans Hermann Weber, Wilhelm Hasselbach, Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling and Kenneth C. Holmes subsequently did pioneering research in this area.
The Meyerhof Lecture will be reestablished in 2019 and will honor outstanding, internationally recognized scientists for their achievements.