Review of the year 2018


2018

January 1

Dr. Oliver Bruns at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus: Using infrared waves to visualize processes in the living organism.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The first team is launched at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus under the direction of Dr. Oliver Bruns. The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus combines biomedicine, engineering sciences and information technologies in an innovative research environment.


January 1

Prof. Dr. Jakob Linseisen establishes patient-oriented epidemiological research in the Augsburg study region.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The independent research group Clinical Epidemiology headed by Prof. Dr. Jakob Linseisen is established as a new organizational form at the Center. The group works closely with the Department of Epidemiology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), which is also headed by Linseisen and is part of the University Center for Health Research at Augsburg Hospital ( UNIKA-T).


January 10

The Helmholtz Association promotes a health literacy project for school students.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The aim of the new project "Understanding Health Issues" is to improve the  health literacy of children and youth. Together with the German Cancer Research Center, the  Communication Department at Helmholtz München will develop innovative teaching concepts and materials for students and teachers over the next four years. The project is 50 percent funded by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association.


January 15

Improving health in an aging society is the goal of the new AMPro project.

Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Cancer Research Center coordinate the project "Aging and Metabolic Programming" (AMPro). The project, in which all centers of the Research Field Health are involved, is financed by the Helmholtz Association with a total of six million euros. Approximately 1.7 million of this funding will remain with Helmholtz Zentrum München.


January 17

New method for the production of antibodies in diagnostics and therapy.
Symbol image: Fotolia

The Helmholtz Association is funding a new spin-off of Helmholtz Zentrum München with around 115,000 euros. The focus is on a platform technology developed by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Zeidler, Research Unit Gene Vectors, for the production of antibodies for diagnostics and therapy. The Helmholtz Association supports the spin-off "Eximmium" through its Helmholtz Enterprise and Helmholtz Enterprise Plus programs.


January 23

A Code of Ethics for Science, co-authored by Helmholtz researcher Maria Elena Torres-Padilla.
© World Economic Forum

Prof. Dr. Maria Elena Torres-Padilla, Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, is co-author of the Code of Ethics presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The aim of the Code is to maintain good scientific research practice and to strengthen confidence in science and its processes. The Code addresses the international science community and is open to supporters.


January 31

Honorary Professorship for Diabetology at the Technical University of Dresden: Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, Institute of Diabetes Research, receives an honorary professorship for Diabetology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Technical University of Dresden. The award also strengthens the cooperation between the two institutions, which work together with the Hannover Children's Hospital on the international type 1 diabetes prevention project Global Platform for the Prevention of Autoimmune Diabetes  (GPPAD).


February 5

Honored with the German Cancer Aid Prize: Prof. Dr. Dolores Schendel – pictured with Dr. Fritz Pleitgen, president of the German Cancer Aid.
Photo: Regina Brodehser/angeknipst

Prof. Dr. Dolores Schendel, former head of the Institute of Molecular Immunology (IMI) at Helmholtz Zentrum München, is awarded the "German Cancer Aid Prize" for her contribution to the development of highly innovative immunotherapy technologies. The prize is endowed with 15,000 euros and is awarded annually by the German Cancer Aid Foundation to outstanding doctors and scientists in the field of oncology.


February 14

Focus on regulation of intracellular protein degradation: Proteasome Hub Conference at Hohenkammer Castle.
Photo: Helmholtz München

With more than 90 international participants, the Proteasome Hub Conference organized by Prof. Dr. Silke Meiners, Institute of Lung Biology and colleagues of Israel’s Weizmann Institute comes to an end. Leading scientists from Europe, Israel, the U.S. and Japan discussed the new cell biological concept of the regulation of protein degradation by the proteasome in the cell.


Februar 22

In the overall assessment of all five research areas in the scientific evaluation, Helmholtz Zentrum München receives the rating “Outstanding“.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Helmholtz Zentrum München receives an "Outstanding" in the scientific evaluation of the program-orientated funding. The international reviewers made a comprehensive assessment of all five research areas. In their appraisal they commended the Center for its internationally unique combination of topics for health and environmental research.


March 15

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Cristina García-Cáceres.
Photo: Helmholtz München

With an ERC Starting Grant, the European Research Council (ERC) supports the project "AstroNeuroCrosstalk" by Dr. Cristina García-Cáceres, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity. The neurobiologist is investigating how astrocytes in the brain interact with neurons to control the metabolic response to hormones and food.


March 17

Forum for Lung Patients offers expert information on prevention and therapy.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Cystic fibrosis and childhood and adolescent lung diseases as well as COPD and asthma are the focus of the Forum for Lung Patients in Dresden. Over 100 participants attend the event organized by the Lung Information Service at Helmholtz Zentrum München to learn about disease prevention and new therapeutic options.


March 19

In Freising, young researchers discuss issues of a healthy environment.
Photo: Doktor Oli CC BY-SA 4.0
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The Institute of Epidemiology hosts the third Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology in Freising.  Under the motto "Together for a Healthy Environment", doctoral students and young scientists discuss current topics from their field of work.


March 22

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences elects Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Matthias Tschöp as a member.

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities elects Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Matthias Tschöp as one of its 200 ordinary members. Founded in 1759,the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities  is one of the largest and oldest academies in Germany.


April 13

Mechanisms in the exacerbation of chronic lung diseases are the main focus of the fifth Munich Lung Conference.
Photo: Helmholtz München

More than 170 internationally renowned lung experts, physicians and scientists take part in the fifth Munich Lung Conference (MLC), to which Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Lung Research had invited. The topic of the two-day event was “Exacerbation of Chronic Lung Diseases – Mechanisms & Environment”.


April 24

Kick-off event for the type 1 diabetes prevention program with patron Melanie Huml, Bavarian State Minister of Health and Care.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Together with the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care and other cooperation partners, the Center is presenting a unique prevention program for type 1 diabetes in Munich. Within the framework of the Freder1k and POInT studies, for the first time healthy infants with an increased risk of type 1 diabetes will be treated with the aim of preventing the development of the disease.


May 11

Presentation of the Werner Creutzfeldt Prize to Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler with Prof. Dr. Michael Nauck, Ruhr University Bochum, Sigrid Hoffmann, Lilly Deutschland GmbH, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Jochen Seufert, Congress President, University of Freiburg.

The  Werner Creutzfeldt Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros,  goes to Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler. In particular, the prize recognizes the development of innovative prevention concepts  and is presented at the Annual Congress of the German Diabetes Society. The prize was initiated in 2007 by Lilly Deutschland GmbH.


May 23

Admission of new members to the Leopoldina Academy of Sciences.
Photo: Markus Scholz for Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler is elected as member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in recognition of his achievements in structural biology. The Director of the Institute of Structural Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München strengthens the Biochemistry and Biophysics Section.


May 23

German-Danish bridge-building in the fight against diabetes: Representatives of Helmholtz Zentrum München and DanStem meet in Copenhagen.
Photo: University of Copenhagen


Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology  (DanStem) at the University of Copenhagen form a strategic alliance for cell therapy in type 1 diabetes. At a meeting in Copenhagen, both partners discuss possible synergies in translational diabetes research. A key element of the new alliance is a platform for translational research in Munich to produce the required cells according to defined standards.


May 31

Dr. Laura Sophie Kremer (center) together with prize donor Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Gateff (right) and GfG chairperson Prof. Dr. Ehrenhofer-Murray.
Image: Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray

Dr. Laura Sophie Kremer, Institute of Human Genetics, has been awarded the  Elisabeth Gateff Doctoral Prize of the German Genetics Society (GfG) for her dissertation. The President of the German Genetics Society, Prof. Dr. Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray and the donor of the Doctoral Prize, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Gateff, present the award endowed with € 3,000 to Dr.  Laura Kremer at the Summer Academy of the GfG in Wittenberg.


June 1

First nationwide study platform for allergy patients goes online.
Image: Helmholtz München

The Allergy Information Service at Helmholtz Zentrum München is setting up the first platform for clinical studies on allergies. It provides patients with an overview of ongoing studies. The initial focus is on studies on common allergic diseases such as hay fever, allergic asthma or atopic dermatitis.


June 7

Access to state-of-the-art technologies and scientific service: The Core Facilities at the Center present their offerings.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The Core Facilities present expertise, resources and technologies on open-house days. The eleven Core Facilities at the Center are each part of a research unit and represent a close link between service and research.


June 13

Signing of the founding documents for the new Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic Research HI-MAG in Leipzig.
Photo: Swen Reichhold, University of Leipzig

Helmholtz Zentrum München as well as the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig and the Leipzig University Hospital are founding the Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG). The goal is the development of new precision therapies. The institute is funded on a long-term basis by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Saxony.


June 26

New technology visualizes molecular map in tissue samples.
Symbol image: Fotolia

A total of 200,000 euros in funding goes to the spin-off project Theraselect. The Helmholtz Association and Helmholtz Zentrum München, from which the planned spin-off will emerge, each provide half of the funding. The spin-off is based on an imaging mass spectrometry method that visualizes thousands of molecules in tissue samples. .


June 27

Bavaria's Minister President Dr. Markus Söder presents the Bavarian Order of Merit to Prof. Dr. Günter Wess.
Photo: Bavarian State Chancellery

Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München, is honored with the Bavarian Order of Merit for his many years of service to Munich as a science location and to Helmholtz Zentrum München. The award ceremony takes place in the Antiquarium of the Residenz Munich.


June 29

Training excellent young researchers for the next generation of diabetes research is the goal of the newly founded graduate school.

The International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes starts application selection. The newly founded graduate school is a cooperation of Helmholtz Zentrum München with the Diabetes Institute of the University of Alberta in Canada and the Technical University of Munich. The aim is to train a new generation of highly specialized scientists to develop innovative therapies and new ideas for dealing with this widespread disease.


July 6

Diabetes researchers and bioengineers discuss therapy concepts of the future at Venice International University.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The first international Conference on Engineering Biomedical Breakthroughs comes to an end on the island of San Servolo in the Venice Lagoon. The new Helmholtz Pioneer Campus (HPC) at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) invited bioengineers, diabetes researchers and scientists from adjacent therapeutic areas to discuss research concepts that open up new insights into the causes of common diseases.


July 9

GNPI Science Award for Dr. Kai Förster.
Photo: m: con15

Dr. Kai Martin Förster of the Institute of Lung Biology  receives a science award from the German Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine (GNPI). Förster identified three proteins in the blood of preterm infants. These protein markers enable the diagnosis of chronic lung disease already shortly after birth.


July 15

The German Research Foundation supports 16 Collaborative Research Centers / Transregios in which Helmholtz Zentrum München participates.

Six Collaboative Research Centers (SFBs) in which Helmholtz Zentrum München  participates are newly approved or extended by the German Research Foundation. Overall, Helmholtz Zentrum München currently participates in 16 different Collaborative Research Centers and Transregios with 34 subprojects.


July 17

No luck with the weather: B2Run participants from Helmholtz Zentrum München.
Photo: Helmholtz München

With 150 participants Helmholtz Zentrum München starts at the traditional B2Run company run. Due to heavy rain the race has to be canceled prematurely.


August 1

New Scientific Director and CEO of the Center: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp is the new Scientific Director and CEO of the Board of Directors of Helmholtz Zentrum München. As of August 1, 2018 he takes over the scientific management from Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, who headed the Center for 13 years.


August 1

Director of the Institute of Translational Stem Cell Research: Prof. Dr. Henrik Semb.
Photo: University of Copenhagen

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Henrik Semb, the newly founded Institute of Translational Stem Cell Research is launched. The appointment is part of a cooperation between Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) at the University of Copenhagen. In addition to his activities in Munich, Semb remains director of the Danish Stem Cell Centre and professor of Human Stem Cell Biology at the University of Copenhagen.


August 10

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Li Deng.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Dr. Li Deng, Emmy Noether group leader at the Institute of Virology, receives a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to explore a new approach to antibiotic resistance. The grant amounts to around 1.5 million euros over five years.


August 15

Director of the new Institute for Translational Genomics: Prof. Dr. Eleftheria Zeggini.
Photo: Wellcome Sanger Institute

Genetics expert Prof. Dr. Eleftheria Zeggini is establishing the new Institute for Translational Genomics at Helmholtz Zentrum München which will focus on the genetic basis of widespread diseases. Previously, Zeggini conducted research at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. She received the Young Scientist Award at the 2017 World Economic Forum and has been among the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers since 2016.


September 4

Georges Köhler Prize for Dr. Carolin Daniel (2nd from left).
Photo: German Society of Immunology

The German Society of Immunology (DGfI) honors Dr. Carolin Daniel of Helmholtz Zentrum München for her work on the role of the immune system in diabetes mellitus with the Georges Köhler Prize as an outstanding young scientist. The award, worth 3,000 euros, was presented at the 5th European Congress of Immunology in Amsterdam.


September 4

Funding a study on metabolic changes in Alzheimer's Disease: The US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) are funding a large-scale research project investigating the role of metabolic changes in Alzheimer's disease. Researchers of the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München are also involved in the project and will receive around 400,000 US dollars in research funds over the next five years.


September 4

Start of working life: The new apprentices at Helmholtz Zentrum München.
Photo: Helmholtz München

18 new apprentices start their working life at Helmholtz Zentrum München. The Center offers a total of 65 vocational training places in eight state-approved training occupations.


September 20

GSCN President Prof. Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba (left) and award winner Prof. Dr. Elena Maria Torres-Padilla.
Photo: GSCN

The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) honors Prof. Dr. Maria Elena Torres-Padilla, Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, with this year's "GSCN 2018 Female Scientist Award" for her outstanding achievements in research into early embryonic development. With this award, the GSCN annually  recognizes outstanding female scientists as a sign of the advancement of women and as a role model for young female scientists.


September 21

Best Paper Award for the author team of Helmholtz Zentrum München: Dr. Tobias Stöger accepts the prize on behalf of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the International Conference on Nanotoxicology.
Photo: Flemming Cassee; Particle and Fibre Toxicology

As 'Best Paper of the Year 2017' the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology honors a paper by Dr. Tobias Stöger, Institute of Lung Biology, and Prof. Dr. Heiko Adler, Research Unit Lung Repair and Regeneration. Together with Prof. Dr. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin (BGC) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Beckers (IEG), the authors show that exposure to nanoparticles in the lungs can reactivate a latent infection with herpes viruses and lead to severe tissue damage.


September 26

George Eisenbarth Award for Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, Institute of Diabetes Research, receives the JDRF George Eisenbarth Award for Type 1 Diabetes Prevention. The U.S. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) honors the researcher's achievements in the fight against childhood type 1 diabetes.


September 26

Helmholtz Association invests in new Helmholtz Information & Data Science Framework.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Together with President Prof. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler, Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis, Institute of Computational Biology, presents the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Framework at the Helmholtz Annual Press Conference. In the future, the Helmholtz Association is investing an additional 35 million euros annually in the digitization of research.


September 27

Schellenberg Research Prize for Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz, Institute of Stem Cell Research, receives the Schellenberg Research Prize of the International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia (IRP), together with Prof. Dr. Claire Jacob from the Swiss University of Fribourg. The research prize, which is awarded every two years, is endowed with up to 100,000 Swiss francs.


September 28

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Diano, Helmholtz Diabetes Lecturer 2018, with CEO and conference founder Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp and the future host of the event, Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The Helmholtz Diabetes Lecture, held by Prof. Dr. Sabrina Diano, Yale University, concludes the sixth international Helmholtz Diabetes Conference. Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, founder and long-time organizer of the conference, passed the baton to Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer at Helmholtz Zentrum München, who will lead the successful format into the future.


September 28

Presentation of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology Award: Dr. Susanne Thum Ottmer, Allergopharma, award winner Dr. José Oteros and DGAKI President Prof. Dr. Thomas Werfel.
Photo: DGAKI

Dr. José Oteros, Institute of Allergy Research, receives the "Specific Immunotherapy" award of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) The prize, endowed with 5000 euros, is awarded for outstanding scientific work in the field of allergology and clinical immunology and serves to promote young, up-and-coming scientists.


September 29

Lucie Adelsberger Medal for Erika von Mutius.
Photo: Allergiekongress Dresden 2018

Prof. Dr. Erika von Mutius, Institute for Asthma and Allergy Prevention, receives the Lucie Adelsberger Medal. The Society for Pediatric Allergology and Environmental Medicine (GPA) awards the prize in recognition of the scientist's achievements in research and teaching, the transfer of knowledge from the clinic to practice, and the improvement of the situation of children and adolescents suffering from allergies.


October 1

GNC Health Study (NAKO) now chaired by Prof. Dr. Annette Peters.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, Institute of Epidemiology, is the new chairman of the board of the German National Cohort Health Study (German abbreviation: NAKO). Peters, who has been a member of the GNC Executive Board since 2015, takes over the chairmanship from Prof. Dr. Klaus Berger, University of Münster.


October 1

New independent Research Unit Molecular Endocrinology and Metabolism headed by Prof. Dr. Jerzy Adamski.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Jerzy Adamski heads the independent Research Unit Molecular Endocrinology and Metabolism (MEM). The new research unit brings together the scientific research groups Molecular Endocrinology, Functional Metabolomics and the Core Facility Genome Analysis Center (GAC), which previously were part of the Institute of Experimental Genetics.


October 2

The traditional meeting of type 1 diabetes researchers: The Oktoberfest Symposium takes place for the 12th time in Munich.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The Institute of Diabetes Research invites research colleagues from all over the world to the traditional Oktoberfest Symposium. The twelfth event in the series has the following theme: Type 1 Diabetes - Stress, Immunity and the Beta Cell.


October 16

Vice President of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research: Prof. Dr. Jochen Graw.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Jochen Graw, Institute of Developmental Genetics, has been elected Vice President from 2019 to  2020 of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) and is thus a member of the executive board. EVER covers all areas of ophthalmology and the visual system.


October 19

Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler, head of the NMR Center and Helmholtz institute director, together with State Minister Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp at the festive opening of the new building.
Photo: Andreas Heddergott, TUM

The new building  of the Bavarian NMR Center housing one of the world’s most powerful nuclear magnetic  resonance spectrometers is opened in a festive ceremony on the Garching campus of Technische Universität München. The participants include TUM President Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp,  CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München.


October 22

Prof. Dr. Heinz Reichmann, dean of the Carl Gustav Carus Faculty of Medicine of TU Dresden presents an honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Hrabě de Angelis.
Photo: André Wirsig, TU Dresden

Following the presentation  of the honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Hrabě de Angelis receives a further academic honor. The Faculty of Medicine of TU Dresden awards him an honorary doctorate for his extraordinary commitment to the further development of university medicine in Dresden.


Oktober 24

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp, Prof. Dr. Annette Peters and Ministerial Director Dr. Johannes Eberle (from left) open the new GNC biorepository.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The central biorepository for the German National Cohort Health Study is inaugurated. CEO Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Tschöp  and Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, chair of the board of the GNC Health Study, perform the official opening ceremony in the presence of Ministerial Director Dr. Johannes Eberle of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts.


October 26

Order of Merit for Prof. Dr. Dr. H.-Erich Wichmann.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Dr. Heinz-Erich Wichmann receives the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany from Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle, the Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts. Until 2011 Wichmann was director of the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Zentrum München and holder of the Chair of Epidemiology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.


October 30

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters and Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann together with Public Health Director Dr. Maria Neira and WHO General Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (from right).
Photo: Helmholtz München

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, Institute of Epidemiology, and Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Institute of Environmental Medicine, participate as experts in the first global conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the topic "Air Pollution and Health". The aim of the conference is to highlight the effects of air pollution, to identify knowledge gaps and to develop emission reduction strategies.


November 5

Young talent for Big Data: the Munich School for Data Science is founded.

The Munich School for Data Science@Helmholtz, TUM & LMU (MuDS) is launched. In addition to Helmholtz Zentrum München, the participating institutions are the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Technische-Universität München (TUM), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the Leibniz Computing Center (LRZ) and the Max Planck Computing & Data Facility (MPCDF). The funding is provided by the participating institutions and the digitization strategy of the Helmholtz Association.


November 7

Member of the Steering Committee of the European Radiation Research Society: Dr. Soile Tapio.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Dr. habil. Soile Tapio, Institute of Radiation Biology, has been elected for a four-year term as member of the Steering Committee of the European Radiation Research Society (ERRS), starting in 2019. The ERRS is the umbrella organization of national radiation research associations in Europe.  


November 8

Networking desired: The Townhall Meeting is to be established as a new event format.

Employees of Helmholtz Zentrum München convene on campus for the first Townhall Meeting. The new event format will be a forum for the exchange of information, experiences, results and successes four times a year.


November 10

The Munich Science Days 2018 with the topic “On the Future of Our Working Worlds”.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The Center is participating in the Munich Science Days under this year's motto "Working Worlds – Ideas for a Better Future". The Institute of Epidemiology and the Institutes of Computational Biology and of Biological and Medical Imaging will present current research on artificial intelligence in diagnosis.


November 15

Recruitment for the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus goes into the second round.
Photo: Helmholtz München

The symposium 'Engineering Biomedical Breakthroughs Enabled by Computer Sciences' offers twelve renowned young researchers a platform to present their work. The event provides a framework for the recruitment of up to four additional team leaders for the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus.


November 21

Award winner Claudia Langenberg with commercial director Heinrich Baßlerand the institute directors Gabi Kastenmüller (left) and Annette Peters.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Dr. Claudia Langenberg, a  physician and epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, is presented the Helmholtz International Fellow Award at an official ceremony in Neuherberg. The purpose of the award, endowed with 20,000 euros, is to finance a research stay at Helmholtz Zentrum München. Together with Dr. Gabi Kastenmüller, Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, and Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, Institute of Epidemiology, the award winner is planning specific new projects.


November 27

Experts present the DPG position paper “ Breathing: Health and Air Pollutants” in Berlin.
Photo: B. Eisermann

The German Respiratory Society presents parliamentarians of the German Bundestag a scientific position paper "Breathing: Health and Air Pollutants". The paper summarizes the current state of knowledge and the proposals based on it for protection against health hazards. Prof. Dr. Holger Schulz, Institute of Epidemiology, is coordinator of the scientific project. 


Dezember 3

Highly endowed research grant for Dr. Yuval Rinkevich.
Photo: Helmholtz München

Dr. Yuval Rinkevich, Institute of Lung Biology, receives a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project ScarLessWorld. Over the next five years, around two million euros will be spent on research into new approaches to scar-free wound healing.


December 14

Care-for-Rare Science Award for Prof. Dierk Niessing, Helmholtz Zentrum München and Prof. Tobias Hirsch, Münster University Hospital.
BrauerPhotos / G.Nitschke fuer pro.movere

Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing, Institute of Structural Biology, is honored with the Care-for-Rare Science Award for his research into the PURA syndrome, a rare hereditary neurodevelopmental disorder. The structural biologist shares the 50,000 euro prize with Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Hirsch from Münster University Hospital.



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