Four female and six male researchers have received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize this year, the top award for early career investigators in Germany. This was the result of a decision made by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The prizes are each worth €20,000 and were handed over at a virtual event on 4 May. Jakob Nikolas Kather was one of the awardees in 2021: He conducts research in the newly established field of computer-based methods in clinical imaging. The results of his work help further develop the evaluation and interpretation of complex image data, thereby enabling the enhancement diagnosis and treatment in oncology in particular, for example in the prevention of colon cancer. This makes Kather one of the few scientists and physicians able to develop IT solutions that are considered highly recognised contributions in the field of medicine. He acquired the necessary knowledge base for this by taking a master’s degree in medical physics, which he completed alongside his medical studies. The findings of the research group led by Kather at the University Medical Center at RWTH Aachen have been published in high-ranking journals. Since 2019, he has also been a member of the Junges Kolleg (Young Academy) of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.