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19.08.2010

HELENA - First Helmholtz Graduate School of Environmental Health to Open in Munich

The first Helmholtz Graduate School of Environmental Health (HELENA), a joint endeavor of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Technische Universität München to promote junior scientists, will open its doors in Munich in November.

HELENA will offer excellent training in health research to approximately 400 doctoral students from around the world. The Helmholtz Research School “Lung Biology and Disease”, founded jointly by Helmholtz Zentrum München and Ludwig Maximilians-Universität Munich, will also commence work.

“HELENA is the world’s first graduate school with a research focus on common diseases such as diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease and their pathogenesis through the interaction between individual genetic disposition and environmental factors,” said Professor Günther Wess, CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München. “Together with Munich’s two elite universities we can offer doctoral candidates a unique research and training environment and thus the best possible conditions for a career in science.”

With the new graduate school, Munich as a science location has become even more attractive. In the global competition for talent HELENA will be a magnet for outstanding students from the fields of science and medicine. Both science and industry will benefit equally from the excellent qualifications of researchers who have gone through this program.

The curriculum of the Helmholtz Graduate School HELENA is well structured and offers the participants intensive, individualized training in eight thematic fields covering the whole spectrum of environmental health research. Moreover, the promotion of competence in management, supervision and communication forms the basis for a successful career in science. During their time at the Graduate School the students will receive intensive scientific and organizational guidance, enabling them to concentrate fully on their thesis research and their training. Personal advisors from research and from the newly established graduate school office will give the participants advice and support in planning their careers.

With HELENA and other specialized programs such as the Helmholtz Research School “Lung Biology and Disease”, an endeavor with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich which has recently received approval, Helmholtz Zentrum München will offer junior researchers an attractive variety of research and training opportunities. The doctoral students will be fully integrated into the environmentally related health research program of Helmholtz Zentrum München and will receive their doctoral degree from one of Munich’s two elite universities. They will have access to state-of-the-art research platforms and work in interdisciplinary research teams. Strong networking between Helmholtz Zentrum München and the two Munich universities is ensured through 19 joint appointments as well as through joint centers for translational medicine and numerous research projects.

Contact for Media Representatives

Sven Winkler, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH)
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85764 Neuherberg
Germany
Phone: +49(0)89-3187-3946
Fax: +49(0)89-3187-3324
Internet: www.helmholtz-muenchen.de
E-Mail: pressenoSp@m@helmholtz-muenchen.de

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