New Head of Applied Vascular Research at HI-MAG

May 3rd, 2021

Sabine Steiner is the New Head of the Research Unit for Applied Vascular Research at HI-MAG

As of May 1st, Sabine Steiner starts as the head of the research area for Applied Vascular Research at the Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) in Leipzig. The position is associated with a W2 professorship at the University of Leipzig. 

Sabine Steiner is a specialist in internal medicine and angiology and previously was a senior physician at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Angiology at Leipzig University Hospital for more than six years. In addition to her clinical work, she has dedicated herself to translational vascular research for 20 years. Her research focuses mainly on the pathomechanisms of restenosis, which very often occurs in patients with peripheral arterial disease after a successful stent implantation, as well as in cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical studies on vascular diseases. 

Sabine Steiner has received numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious Vascular Career Advancement Award from the Vascular Interventional Advance (VIVA) organization and the Werner Klein Award from the Austrian Society of Hypertension. She has also received several highly-endowed research grants, including a CR Bard Research Grant, a Boston Scientific Research Grant as well as an Erwin Schroedinger Research Fellowship from the FWF Science Fund. The latter enabled her to spend two years doing research at the Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre of the Ottawa Heart Institute, while simultaneously completing a master's degree in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. She is also a member of numerous professional societies, including both the German and Austrian Societies of Angiology and the European Society of Cardiology.

"The newly created structures at HI-MAG are a unique opportunity to conduct translational vascular research at an excellent level from bench to bedside.  Diseases of the vascular system are often also a consequence of obesity-related metabolic diseases and significantly limit the quality of life and life expectancy of those affected. The uniqueness of HI-MAG research is that vascular research is conducted in the context of these metabolic diseases in such a way that it has the potential to directly lead to improvements in the quality of life, disease progression, and the prognosis of people with obesity, metabolic, and vascular diseases," Steiner said about her new responsibilities at HI-MAG.