Awards for Masna Rai and Stephan Voß from EPI

Young scientists are growing and thriving for success under the supervision of Alexandra Schneider in her research group ‘Environmental Risks’:

left to right: Masna Rai, Alexandra Schneider, Stephan Voß. © Helmholtz Zentrum München

The PhD student Masna Rai received the "Oliver Sangha-Award" of the year 2019 for her excellent Master’s thesis from the programs within the Pettenkofer School of Public Health of the Medical Faculty of LMU, Munich. Rai provided evidence that the combined effect of aging and climate change will cause a high burden of temperature-related mortality in Bavarian cities by the end of the century.

Also, Stephan Voß won the "Munich Public Health Award" for his outstanding Master's thesis out of the graduates of 2019 from the Master of Public Health program within the Medical Faculty of LMU, Munich. In his thesis, Voß concluded that air pollutants are associated with an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, whereas residential greenness has a protective effect.

Moreover, Stephan Voß received the award for the best poster out of the graduates of 2019 from the Master of Public Health and the Master of Epidemiology programs.


Dr. Alexandra Schneider
Institute of Epidemiology
Helmholtz Zentrum München – Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg
Tel. +49 89 3187 3512


As German Research Center for Environmental Health,  Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle. The Helmholtz Zentrum München has about 2,300 staff members and is headquartered in Neuherberg in the north of Munich. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a member of the Helmholtz Association, a community of 19 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers with a total of about 37,000 staff members. 

The  Institute of Epidemiology (EPI) assesses genetic, environmental and lifestyle risk factors which jointly determine the occurrence of major chronic diseases. The focus is on the development and progression of metabolic, respiratory and allergic diseases, as well as heart diseases and mental health. The goal is to understand the molecular underpinning of disease better and to translate this knowledge into personalized approaches of prevention as well as polices to improve health. Research builds on the unique resources of the KORA cohort, the KORA myocardial infarction registry, and the KORA aerosol measurement station. Aging-related phenotypes have been added to the KORA research portfolio within the frame of the Research Consortium KORA-Age. Moreover, the institute makes use of the birth cohorts GINI and LISA. It plays a leading role in the planning and setting up of the German National Cohort and builds the NAKO biorepository.