Press Release

30.11.2015

Allergy researcher Eyerich is the winner of this year’s Henning Løwenstein Research Award

Dr. Stefanie Eyerich has won this year’s WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award for her outstanding achievements in the field of allergy research. The researcher from the Center of Allergy and Environment of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München accepted the award at a formal ceremony that took place on November 20 in Rome.

Løwenstein Eyerich

Picture (from left to right): Henning Løwenstein (ALK-Abelló GmbH), awardee Stefanie Eyerich and Lanny Rosenwasser (president of the World Allergy Organization - WAO), Source: ALK-Abelló GmbH

Eyerich and her research group "Skin Immunology and Allergy" focus their research mainly on the role of the so-called T-helper cells in the pathogenesis scenario of allergic skin disorders such as atopic eczema. She is currently pursuing two approaches:

On the one hand, Eyerich dedicates herself to the characterization of a new type of T-helper cells (Th22) that she has discovered and whose function could possibly constitute an approach for developing new therapies.

On the other hand, the Ratisbon born scientist concentrates on the possibilities of improving diagnosis and treatment of atopic eczema. She has published the results of her patient studies on this subject in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine.

“The award is an acknowledgment of our work in this field that gives us again further incentive to decipher the causes of allergies," said the newly minted award winner. By winning the award, Eyerich also promotes the importance of Munich as a location for excellent allergy research – a fact that is further underlined by her award predecessor, Dr. Bianca Schaub from the LMU University Hospital Munich, that won the biannually awarded prize in 2013.

The prize is awarded on behalf of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). The eight members of the jury composed of eight nations dedicate the award to young researchers who perform excellent work in the field of allergy research and whose doctorate award does not date back longer than ten years. The prize money is provided by the Danish ALK-Abelló Pharmaceuticals GmbH.