Timeline 2014/2015


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2014

January 15th

The Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research is a partner in the European research project HumEn. The project brings together leading European stem cell groups to study insulin-producing beta cells and is funded with six million euros from EU funds.


February 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Werner Rühm, Institute of Radiation Protection, is elected chairman of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS). The network promotes research and development in the dosimetry of ionizing radiation.


February 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Martina Hansen succeeds Dr. Christian Langebartels as head of the Department of Program Planning. Langbartels has been appointed research director for the areas of Environmental Sciences and Radiation Research and represents the Center in the Management Committee of the Helmholtz research field Earth and Environment.


February 3rd

Helmholtz Zentrum München and Leibniz Universität Hannover sign a cooperation agreement to strengthen drug research. The goal is a joint appointment in the field of Medicinal Chemistry.


March 13th

The Vectura Group plc takes over Activaero Gmbh. The company, which became a spin-off of the Center in 1998, is a leading specialist in respiratory diseases.


March 15th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The 2nd Diabetes Patients’ Day informs people with diabetes and their family members about the latest research findings and provides recommendations on prevention and treatment. The short presentations and discussions about prevention and early detection of type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as possibilities of patient support are offered by the Diabetes Information Service Munich. Around 200 participants take advantage of the opportunity to inform themselves, and especially to talk with scientists, doctors and patient organizations.


March 17th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Reiner Leidl, Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, is the organizer of the annual conference of the German Society of Health Economics. More than 400 participants discuss the topic "Economy and Management of Diseases” in Munich.


March 27th

With more than a million dollars each, the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) funds two international research collaborations led by Helmholtz Zentrum München. The objectives are the study of non-programmed cell death and neuronal circuits of the mechanosensory system.


March 30th

The introduction of the new Center governance has been completed. Under the new version of the Partnership Agreement, the Public Corporate Governance Codex, which regulates the principles of good corporate governance in the area of the federal government, is being implemented in the Center.


April 1st

Source: ESR

Prof. Dr. Oliver Eickelberg, Institute of Lung Biology and Chair of Experimental Pneumology of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München receives the Gay Lussac-Humboldt Research Award, endowed with EUR 60,000, in Paris.


April 3rd

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

With the new workshop “Science Meets Administration” Helmholtz Zentrum München promotes the internal dialogue between science and administration. In an open and relaxed atmosphere, the participants discuss issues related to administrative processes at the Center, address problems and search together for solutions.


April 5th

iThera Medical GmbH is awarded the German Innovation Prize in the startups category. The company, a 2010 spin-off of the Center, develops diagnostic imaging techniques based on an opto-acoustic reaction sequence.


April 28th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity and Chair of Metabolic Diseases at Technische Universität München, receives the Paul Martini Prize, worth EUR 25,000, for the development of new active compounds derived from the body’s own hormones.


May 12th

The Scientific Director of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, is appointed as an expert in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life science in the Future Council of the Bavarian industry.


May 12th

The Scientific Director of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, is appointed as an expert in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life science in the Future Council of the Bavarian industry.


May 20th

A research project of Dr. Ana Messias, Dr. Arie Geerlof and Dr. Arcangela Iuso is funded by the Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) Disorders Association with USD 45 000. The team was among 22 applications competing for the grant.


May 26th

Dr. Jürgen Frikel, Institute of Computational Biology, is “Oberwolfach Leibniz Graduate Student” and has been invited to the exclusive Oberwolfach Conference on “Mathematics and Algorithms in Tomography”.


June 16th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The newly created campus park was officially opened with a guided tour, music and sports activities. The park has an area of about 25,000 m²for recreation, communication and quiet spots for retreat.


June 17th

Dr. Julie Lucifora and Dr. Yuchen Xia, Institute of Virology, receive the award of the German Liver Foundation, which is endowed with EUR 7,500.


June 23th

Researchers of Helmholtz Zentrum München are ranked by the American information service provider Thomson Reuters in the top one percent of authors with the most often cited publications: Dr. Christian Gieger, Prof. Dr. Thomas Meitinger and Prof. Dr. Dr. H. Erich Wichmann in the field of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Dr. Klaus Mayer in the field of Animal and Plant Research, and Dr. Wolfgang Kreyling in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


June 26th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Arieh Warshel, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, holds a lecture at the Center about his research area “Multiscale modeling of the function of biological systems”.Warshel was invited to come to the Center by Prof.Dr. Messoud Efendiyev, Institute of Computational Biology, in conjunction with the 64th Meeting of Nobel Prize Laureates in Lindau. Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut of Helmholtz Zentrum München is also among the 600 young scientists invited to Lindau.


July 9th

Dr. Christine Autenrieth, Institute of Epidemiology II, receives the Dr. Hildegard und Heinrich Fuchs Prize, worth EUR 50,000, to promote young medical researchers in the Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.


July 15th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Under the slogan “Knowledge for the World of Tomorrow”, 230 runners start for Helmholtz Zentrum München in the legendary B2Run running event. A total of 30,000 people from different Munich companies participate in the major sporting event.


July 15th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Michael Atkinson, Institute of Radiation Biology, is honored for his work in the field of radiation research by the Association of Radiation Research (ARR) with the Weiss Medal.


July 22nd

Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, Dr. Carolin Daniel, Dr. Stefanie Hauck and Prof. Dr. Ezio Bonifacio receive USD 550 000 from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to study T cell-driven immune reactions in type 1 diabetes. The research project is a collaborative project with the Center for Regenerative Therapies, TU Dresden.


August 5th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Häring, director of the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at Tübingen University Hospital, has been elected a member of the Leopoldina. The National Academy of Sciences appoints its members in a multistage selection process. The requirement is to be an outstanding researcher with excellent scientific achievements.


September 8th

The 7th Lung Forum for Patients takes place within the auspices of the European Congress for Pulmonary Physicians at the Gasteig in Munich. “With this event, the Lung Information Service offers patients and family members the opportunity to talk with experts. In addition to the topic of the role of airborne pollutants in lung diseases, the program also included suggestions for improving the quality of life for lung patients.


September 9th

Dr. Dr. Melanie Königshoff, Institute of Lung Biology, receives the ERS Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Research Award 2014. The award is conferred during the Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).


September 15th

Source: Presseagentur Gesundheit/ T. Maybaum

Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka, Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe and Uwe Beckmeyer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs give the starting signal for the pharmaceutical dialogue with representatives of science and pharmaceutical companies. Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, scientific director of Helmholtz Zentrum München, is a member of the platform, which aims to strengthen Germany's position in the areas of research, development and production of high-quality medicines.


September 19th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Kerstin Stemmer, Dr. Brian Finan and Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, and Prof. Dr. Richard DiMarchi, Indiana University, receive the Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2014. Working together in an interdisciplinary cooperation, the scientists have developed a novel hormonal molecule that has the potential to offer new treatment options for type 2 diabetes and obesity. 


September 23rd

Source: Julia Zimmermann, Schering Stiftung

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz, Institute of Stem Cell Research and Chair of Physiological Genomics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, receives the Ernst Schering Prize 2014, which is endowed with EUR 50,000.


September 23rd

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Axel Walch, Research Unit Analytical Pathology, becomes President of the International Society for Histochemistry.


October 6th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Jochen Graw, Group Leader Molecular Eye Diseases at the Institute of Developmental Genetics, becomes head of the section Molecular Biology, Genetics and Epidemiology of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER).


October 8th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The keynote speaker of the conference “Physics of Biological Systems: Visualization and Manipulation of Cellular Communities”, organized by Helmholtz Zentrum München, receives the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Dr. Eric Betzig, who heads a research group at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, receives the prize together with William Moerner and the German-Romanian researcher Stefan Hell for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. At the Neuherberg research campus, Nobel laureate Betzig receives congratulations and responds to reporters’ questions.


October 22nd

Source: Ulrich Wirth, Klinikum Augsburg

At Klinikum Augsburg the Center opens the largest study center of the National Cohort (NAKO). At 18 locations, the Germany-wide population study shall explore the causes and risk factors of the most important common diseases. The Free State of Bavaria, represented at the official opening by Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Secretary of Education, Science and the Arts, is participating in the project with EUR 15 million during the first ten years.


October 23rd

Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity and Chair of Metabolic Diseases of Technische Universität München, receives the Linda and Jack Gill Distinguished Scientist Award, worth USD 25,000, from the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science of Indiana University, Bloomington. It is awarded for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of cellular and molecular neuroscience.


October 24th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The research units AMP and EGEN organize an international scientific symposium on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann’s retirement. Hartmann’s research unit gave decisive impulses for the study of microbe-plant interactions. The bacterial genus Hartmannibacter diazotrophicus is named after him. Together with his research group, he isolated and described 12 new bacteria species in the rhizosphere of plants.


October 26th

Source: Total E-Quality e.V.

For the fourth time, Helmholtz Zentrum München receives the TOTAL E-QUALITY certificate. It is awarded for successful and sustainable commitment to equal opportunities for women and men at work.


November 3rd

Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter, Research Unit Environmental Genomics, receives in Zagreb the prize for international cooperation. The prize, presented by Vedran Mornar, the Croatian Minister of Science, Education and Sports, was awarded in recognition of the long-standing cooperation in the fields of agrarian biotechnology, food microbiology and waste water purification.


November 19th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The newly established Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is launched at the Center. Twelve young scientists were selected for the program.


December 2nd

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

An ERC Starting Grant is awarded to Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut, head of the young investigator group “Molecular Endocrinology”. She will receive approximately EUR 1.5 million from funds of the European Research Council (ERC) for the investigation of the glucocorticoid receptor, a potential target in inflammatory diseases.


December 8th

The Department of Central Technical Services has a new head: The architect Andreas Pippig is responsible for technical support and further development of the Campus.


December 11th

Source: DZD/Budde

The German-French Diabetes Academy is launched at the French Embassy in Berlin with a panel discussion. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, scientific director of Helmholtz Zentrum München, representatives from science, the political arena and industry discuss the challenges of translational diabetes research and the planned cooperation.


2015

January 1st

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig becomes director of the newly founded Institute for Diabetes and Cancer. With his appointment, Helmholtz Zentrum München is expanding its diabetes research.


January 1st

The Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID), which conducts research into pancreatic islet cells and is located at the University Hospital of TU Dresden, becomes a satellite institute of Helmholtz Zentrum München. The expansion of the joint institute under the direction of Prof. Dr. Michele Solimena is funded by the German Center for Diabetes Research, one of six German Research Centers for Health Research.


January 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The Radiation Protection Commission appoints Markus Figel, head of the Dosimeter Service at Helmholtz Zentrum München, to the Committee on Radiation Protection Technology.


January 1st

Rudolf Guggenmoser becomes head of the Finance Department at Helmholtz Zentrum München. He succeeds Gerolf Schmidl, who is now head of the Department of Investment Management.


January 1st

The Bavaria-wide screening program for the early detection of type 1 diabetes in children is launched. Through early diagnosis, complications can be prevented, and the affected children can receive the best possible treatment. The patron of the project led by Helmholtz Zentrum München is Melanie Huml, the Bavarian Minister for Health and Care Services.


January 15th

Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, Institute of Diabetes Research and Chair of Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes at Technische Universität München, is awarded a Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship at Harvard Medical School.


January 22nd

The participants of the newly launched Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Helmholtz Zentrum München come together for the first Postdoc Day. The central themes are networking, communication and career paths.


January 30th

The dermaSight project is accepted into the Helmholtz Enterprise Program. The planned spin-off will pursue the commercial development of a novel imaging instrument for dermatological and endoscopic examinations.


January 30th

The Validation Fund of the Helmholtz Association funds two cooperative projects of Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Cancer Research Center: a therapy approach for hepatocellular carcinoma associated with the hepatitis B virus and a new approach to improve the insulin sensitivity of the liver.


February 9th

Stefan Müller, parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, presents grant documents in Munich for the study of rare congenital diseases in the mitochondria. His ministry supports the joint project of Technische Universität München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Helmholtz Zentrum München with EUR 2 million.


February 20th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Dr. Melanie Königshoff, Institute of Lung Biology, and colleagues from the Netherlands and Japan receive a grant amounting to almost EUR 600 000. The funds of the Dutch Lung Foundation are for research into pharmacological approaches to combat chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).


February 24th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The light installation of the Munich artist Roland Burkhart visualizes virtual spaces on the Neuherberg campus. The installation and the exhibition are part of an event series of the Center, which relates science and art.


March 17th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Christiane Fuchs, Institute of Computational Biology, is awarded the Gustav Adolf Lienert Prize 2015 of the German region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR).


April 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Martin Elsner, recently awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant, has now been accepted into the  Young Academy of Europe (YAE), which brings together young top researchers of all disciplines from across Europe.


April 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Jean Charles Munch, longtime director of the Institute of Soil Ecology and Chair of Soil Ecology at Technische Universität München, retires. Munch‘s research focused on soils, microorganisms and plant ecosystems.


April 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Heinz Höfler, MD, since 1989 director of the Institute of Pathology and Chair of General Pathology and Pathological Anatomy of Technische Universität München, retires. He was awarded the Austrian Honorary Cross for Science and Art 1st Class, and since 2004 he has been a member of Leopoldina. Prof. Dr. Michaela Aubele is now acting director of the Institute.


April 14th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Peter Jacob, Institute of Radiation Protection, heads the German delegation at the 62nd meeting of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The reports of the UNSCEAR are the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk and for radiation protection legislation worldwide.


April 22nd

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Institute of Experimental Genetics and Chair at Technische Universität München, is the new president of the International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS).


April 27th

Helmholtz Zentrum München participates for the tenth time in the nationwide Girls’ Day. Sixty girls between the ages of 13 and 17 gain insight into day to day research. At the same time Boys’ Day has a premiere at the Center with two participants.


April 27th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Around 80 representatives from science and administration meet for a second workshop “Science Meets Administration”. The aim of the workshop is to further develop cooperation between science and administration at Helmholtz Zentrum München and to conduct an intensive dialogue.


April 29th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The Bavarian State Secretary for Education and Culture, Science and the Arts, Bernd Sibler, together with representatives of Helmholtz Zentrum München lays the cornerstone for the Helmholtz Diabetes Campus. The goal is to accommodate all diabetes activities of the Center according to international standards in the planned building complexes.


June 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Stephanie E. Combs is appointed director of the newly founded Institute of Innovative Radiotherapy (IRT) at Helmholtz Zentrum München. In addition, Combs heads the Department of Radiooncology and Radiation Therapy at Klinikum rechts der Isar.


June 1st

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Juliane Winkelmann heads the newly founded Institute of Neurogenomics. The neurologist is Chair of Neurogenetics at Technische Universität München.


June 20th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Around 100 people take part at the 3rd Diabetes Patients’ Day in Nuremberg to inform themselves about current research approaches to the disease. The event of the Diabetes Information Service is supported on site by Nuremberg Hospital South. In addition to the speakers, representatives of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) as well as patients’ organizations from Bavaria and the Nuremberg metropolitan region are available as contact persons.


June 29th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, Institute for Diabetes and Cancer and Chair of Molecular Metabolic Control of Technische Universität München, receives the 2015 award of the German Liver Foundation, which is endowed with EUR 7,500.


June 29th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

In a visit to Helmholtz Zentrum München, Florian Hahn, a member of the German Bundestag, informs himself about current findings from allergy research. He discusses the societal challenges posed by allergic diseases with Prof. Dr. Carsten Schmidt-Weber and staff members of the Institute of Allergy Research.


July 7th

Prof. Dr. John Andrew Todd, director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, receives one of the five Helmholtz International Fellow Awards 2015, each endowed with EUR 20,000. The expert for type 1 diabetes was nominated by Helmholtz Zentrum München, where he works together with Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler in the prevention initiative of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.


July 13th

Five interdisciplinary projects from the internal Environmental Health Program of the Center present themselves successfully at a symposium for an initial assessment by international experts. The initiative aims to develop novel approaches in biomedical research and includes the topics Allergy, Microbiome and Nanoparticles.


August 4th

Dr. Christian Griebler, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, is coordinator of the joint project GroundCare, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with more than EUR 2 million. The project shall develop new ecological indicators and methods to assess groundwater quality and for the sustainable use of ecosystem services.


September 1st

Thirteen young women and men begin their vocational training at the Center: one specialist for systems integration, three clerks for office management, one animal keeper specializing in research and clinical practice, and eight biological laboratory assistants.


September 5th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos, Institute Director and Chair of Biological Imaging at Technische Universität München, receives the Gold Medal Award of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) for his pioneer work in the field of optical molecular imaging.


September 7th/8th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

At the annual team workshop, the trainees of the first and second year of training master joint tasks. The participants also provide each other mutual assistance during the course of their further training.


September 28th

Source: Julia Zimmermann, Schering Stiftung

The Ernst Schering Foundation awards the Friedmund Neumann Prize 2015, endowed with EUR 10,000, to Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut, Emmy Noether Group Molecular Endocrinology.


September 30th

The central monitoring stations of the Scheyern Research Station remain as part of the TERENO network of the Helmholtz Association. The Center withdrew from the operation of the experimental farm after the lease expired.


October 1st

Prof. Dr. Robert Schneider heads the newly founded Institute of Functional Epigenetics. The objective of the Institute is to better understand the mechanisms of gene regulation and their underlying basis.


October 1st

The newly founded Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells is headed by Prof. Dr. Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla. The Institute’s research focus is on the influence of epigenetics during early embryonic development.


October 6th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The new KORA Study Center opens in the Augsburg Glass Palace. It offers modern laboratories and examination rooms for the participants of the population studies on cardiovascular and lung diseases, diabetes and allergies. Genetic studies have especially benefited from the data of the platform, which is used internationally.


October 12th

Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing of the Institute of Structural Biology and of the BioMedical Center of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, becomes leader and speaker of the new DFG research group “Logistics of the Cell”. The German Research Foundation is funding the interdisciplinary group with approximately two million euros.


October 12th

Dr. Ana Messias, Dr. Arie Geerlof and Dr. Arcangela Iuso receive a second grant of almost USD 50,000 from the Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) Disorders Association to study pathological storage phenomena.


October 13th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The new president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres comes to Neuherberg. During his inaugural visit, Prof. Dr. Otmar Wiestler speaks about the societal challenges facing Germany’s largest research organization and its thematic priorities.


October 15th

The newly founded startup company BigChem GmbH, headed by Dr. Igor Tetko provides Big Data solutions for drug development. Its products and services are based on research conducted at the Center. BigChem receives funding of the European Commission amounting to EUR 2.5 million for the development of new analysis methods of large compound libraries.


October 26th

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, Institute of Epidemiology II, is a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Cohort (NAKO), Germany’s largest health study. She was elected as successor of Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kaaks to the board. NAKO co-initiator Prof. Dr. Dr. H.-Erich Wichmann, former director of the Institute of Epidemiology and emeritus has withdrawn from his advisory role.


October 28th

Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler, Institute of Structural Biology, is coordinator of the ITN project AEGIS, funded with EUR 3.8 million, to develop innovative drugs against sleeping sickness, malaria and tuberculosis.


October 29th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

PD Dr. Sabrina Schreiner, Institute of Virology, receives the Jürgen Wehland Prize, endowed with EUR 5,000.


November 11th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Julia Heß, Research Unit Radiation Cytogenetics, receives the MELODI Award 2015 of the Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative. Heß also received the Dieter Frankenberg Young Scientists Award 2015 from the Society for Biological Radiation Research (GBS).


November 16th

Upon the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Forum for Health Research is constituted. The expert panel will develop proposals for the further development of health research and enable a systematic dialogue between the various players. The chairman of the working group on infrastructure is Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, scientific director of Helmholtz Zentrum München and vice president for Health of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.


November 18th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The Graduate Students’ Award 2015 of Helmholtz Zentrum München goes to two young scientists, Joana Santos Barbosa and Matthias Pfeifer, in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Each award is endowed with 1,500 euros and is financed by Münchner Bank, which confers the award together with the Association of Friends and Supporters of Helmholtz Zentrum München (VdFF). Barbosa wrote her dissertation at the Institute of Stem cell Research; Matthias Pfeifer wrote his doctoral thesis in the Research Unit Plant Genome and Systems Biology and received his doctorate from Technische Universität München.


November 19th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Ten Jugend forscht (German science competition for youth) prizewinners in biology visit the Center for two days as part of a grant of the Helmholtz Association. Among them is Mara Lauer, national prizewinner in 2015 of the Jugend forscht competition in the biology section.


November 20th

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

For her achievements in allergy research, Dr. Stefanie Eyerich of the Center for Allergy and Environment of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München receives the WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award, endowed with EUR 20,000. The award is conferred on behalf of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) to young researchers in recognition of their excellent achievements in allergy research.


December 1st

Source: BioM

Dr. Nikola Müller, Martin Preusse and Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis of the Institute of Computational Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München are among the winners of the m4 Award, which the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs confers for innovative biomedical research projects. Their project “KNOWING - Turning Big Data into Personalized Therapies” will be funded for two years with EUR,500 000.


December 2nd

Dr. Robert Kloos, state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, presents the funding notifications in Berlin for a joint project on the sequencing and analysis of the wheat genome, which will be implemented by scientists of the Research Unit Plant Genome and Systems Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München together with research groups of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben. The researchers led by project coordinator Dr. Klaus Mayer received almost 1.5 million euros in funding as part of the innovation program.


December 15th

The European Research Council (ERC) supports three scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München in their research projects with nearly six million euros. Prof. Dr. Daniel Razansky, research group leader at the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging, PD Dr. Irmela Jeremias, MD, group leader in the  Research Unit Gene Vectors, and Prof. Dr. Mathias Heikenwälder, young investigators group leader at the Institute of Virology each receive almost two million euros for their research projects. With a total of 19 acquired ERC grants, Helmholtz Zentrum München ranks at the top of the Helmholtz Association.