The DGN German Media Prize 2023 was awarded at the opening event of the 96th Congress of the German Society for Neurology. The award went to a print article by Nadja Katzenberger on the subject of migraines and a TV article by Anna Schubert on highly focused ultrasound for Parkinson's disease. Both articles show how much neurological diseases put a strain on the lives of those affected, but at the same time provide easy-to-understand information on how to deal with the diseases and new therapies.

What many people may not know: With a circulation of 7.34 million, “Apotheken Umschau” is the magazine with the highest circulation in Germany. Readers value them as a quality medium on health issues and trust their advice. Nadja Katzenberger also impressed the DGN jury with a ten-page cover story on the subject of migraines. The editor was awarded the specialist society's German Media Prize in Berlin.

“Nadja Katzenberger is a migraine patient herself and has cleverly combined personal experiences and the medical status of the topic and thus written a contribution that speaks personally to the audience and also conveys complex scientific information correctly and understandably,” explained DGN press spokesman Prof. Dr . Peter Berlit. The expert particularly praised the clear division of the service section, which differentiates between seizure prevention and measures in acute situations and highlights both drug and non-drug treatments. Questions about antibody therapies are also answered competently.

Nadja Katzenberger has been an editor at Wort und Bild Verlag since 2017, which publishes various health titles in addition to “Apotheken Umschau”. The qualified journalist previously worked as a freelancer for various print media, including “Münchner Merkur”, “Geo”, “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “Brigitte”.

Prof. Hartmut Göbel congratulates Ms. Katzenberger on this very well-deserved award. In August of that year he created a comprehensive 20-part video course with her in collaboration with the Pharmacy Umschau. Around 900,000 people in Germany suffer from daily migraine attacks. Due to the throbbing pain, everyday life is often severely affected and professional and private lives suffer extremely as a result. The video course from the Pharmacy Umschau Academy gives helpful tips on diagnosis, treatment and prevention to get migraines under control. More about this:

The second winner of the DGN 2023 German Media Prize is Anna Schubert. She has been working as an author at NDR since 1998, and previously studied literary studies and linguistics at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. It was there - to the SH University Hospital, Kiel Campus - that she also carried out the research for the award-winning TV report on the “NDR Visite” program. The health magazine has been on television for more than 50 years and has been produced by NDR since 1992. It is broadcast every Tuesday at “prime time” at 8:15 p.m. on NDR television and reaches an average of 1.2 million viewers nationwide. The award-winning article provides medically sound information about highly focused ultrasound as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease. The bundled, high-intensity ultrasound waves create targeted thermal lesions at a previously calculated point in the thalamus, which switch off the tremor-triggering cells. In her film, Anna Schubert accompanied a patient who was undergoing treatment in Kiel. The procedure is explained in detail using attractive 3D animations, and neurologists and a neurosurgeon also have their say. “This type of information helps to reduce fears and reservations about new forms of treatment. “Medical journalism is becoming an important ‘sparring partner’ for neurology, especially for patient education,” explained Prof. Berlit.

There is also a very good cooperation with Ms. Anna Schubert in providing information about migraines and headaches.
Currently, Prof. Göbel has created an article for NDR Visite on the complications of painkillers. “Mrs Schubert explains things in a very understandable and technically correct manner. “This is immeasurably important for contemporary enlightenment and information,” says Prof. Göbel, sharing his experiences. The link to the article: