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Proteasome expert Silke Meiners featured in ERS Vision video

This video of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) explores a number of key issues regarding ageing and respiratory medicine.

Silke Meiners; Source ILBD/CPC Helmholtz Zentrum München

ILBD Research group head Prof. Dr. Silke Meiners invited by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to be one of four experts in the latest instalment of the ERS Vision series. This open access video documentary highlights current hot topics in respiratory medicine with interviews of leaders in the field of respiratory medicine and healthcare. In the newest episode Silke Meiners, Professor Ildiko Horvath (Hungary) Professor Mario Cazzola (Italy) and Professor Bill MacNee (United Kingdom) discuss the burden of chronic respiratory diseases in the elderly, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the accelerated aging of the lung, challenges in treating elderly patients with respiratory diseases, and provide an outlook on possible new age-related therapies.

Prof. Dr. Silke Meiners is head of the research group Meiners Lab"Proteasome function in lung disease" and is studying age-related pathways in lung diseases with a particular focus on alterations in protein homeostasis. As a renowned expert for molecular mechanisms of age-relate lung diseases, she served as co-editor for the first book that summarized the molecular mechanisms of aging that was released in 2014.

LINK to the ERS VISION Video:

More Information on Lung Aging:

Caniard A et al.:Proteasome function is not impaired in healthy aging of the lung.  Aging (Albany NY). (2015)

Mauricio Rojas, Silke Meiners, Claude Jourdan Le Saux: Molecular Aspects of Aging - Understanding Lung Aging, Wiley, 10.03.2014)