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Two poster awards for two young scientist at the DZL annual meeting in Travemünde

awardees Meshal Ansari and Friederike Häfner at the DZL Annual Meeting in Travemünde

With strong participation from our ILBD/ CPC scientist, the 9th DZL Annual Meeting took place in the Baltic Sea resort of Travemünde at the end of January. The German Centre for Lung Research (DZL) is an association of leading university and non-university institutions dedicated to lung research in Germany. Using translational methods, the DZL seeks to jointly develop new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of lung diseases focusing on eight disease areas. In three out of eight areas overview- & highlight-talks were given by Prof Anne Hilgendorff for DPLD (Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease), Dr Tom Conlon for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and Dr Michael Gerckens for Platform Imaging. 

We are especially pleased with our two young researchers Meshal Ansari and Friederike Häfner, whose teaser and poster were awarded as the best in their respective fields.

In a teaser lecture entitled: "Predictive protein biomarker signatures and the corresponding transcriptional cell state changes in human lung fibrosis", PhD student Meshal Ansari from the ILBD/CPC Junior Research Group "Systems Medicine of Chronic Lung Disease" (Schiller Lab) explained her project in which she combines lung research with machine learning. She examines the changes in the cells of patients with pulmonary fibrosis and compares them with data from large, existing studies. Her goal is to train algorithms that will help physicians to improve the treatment and medication of patients in the near future.

Doctoral student Friederike Häfner from the ILBD/CPC Research Group "Mechanism of Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease" (Hilgendorff Lab) received the poster prize for her work on Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in premature infants. The title of her poster "MRI-based measurements of Pulmonary Arterial Flow - a new tool for the detection of impaired lung perfusion in preterm infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia" indicates her interest in pulmonary arterial flow using MRI-based measurements. Her aim is to find out whether these measurements enable an earlier diagnosis of circulatory disorders on premature infants with BPD.