Medical scientist Botond Roska has won the Körber Prize for European Science 2020 in Hamburg, Germany for his work towards a cure for blindness. The award also includes a €1 million ($1.18 million) check.
Roska has uncovered a gene-based therapy that reprograms various cells in the human eye.
The reprogrammed cells can then perform the work of the light-sensitive receptors, which are inactive in most blind patients.
He says that for the time being, the process creates a level of vision similar to watching television in black and white.
Clinical tests on blind volunteers are already underway as a result of the researcher’s groundbreaking work.
Roska started his education as a musician; studying cello at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.
Following an injury, he decided to pursue medicine and mathematics. A sort of blessing in disguise.