Awards and Grants


2011 to 2019

January 2022

Dr Franziska Seidel

Dr Franziska Seidel (German Heart Center Berlin) receives this year's "Gerd Killian Project Grant" of 60,000 euros for her project on genetic causes of heart muscle inflammation in children.

December 2021

Genome Biologics, co-founded by DZHK scientist Prof. Jaya Krishnan (Klinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität), receives €9.8 million from EIC Accelerator to accelerate development of its clinical programmes for the prevention of cardiotoxicity and heart damage.

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Lars Kaderali (University Medicine Greifswald) is appointed as a member of a new Corona Expert Council to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.

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A research team led by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Zeisberg (University Medicine Göttingen) receives 700,000 euros from the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation in the competition for the most promising active ingredients in the fight against viral diseases.

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Dr. Till Joscha Demal

Dr. Till Joscha Demal (Universitäres Herz- und Gefäßzentrum Hamburg) receives a grant of 96,000 euros from the German Research Foundation for a project on biomarkers in aortic diseases.

Dr. Hendrik Bartolomaeus (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Experimental and Clinical Research Center) receives the Siegenthaler Medal 2020 in silver from the Walter Siegenthaler Society for his research on high blood pressure.

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Prof. Dr. Jan Scheitz (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) has been awarded the Stroke Prize 2021 by the German Society for Neurology (DGN) and the German Stroke Society (DSG) for his pioneering clinical work on heart-brain interaction in a stroke.

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November 2021

Dr. Benedikt Fels

Dr. Benedikt Fels (University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck) received the "Young Investigator Award" for his work on the Piezo1 iron canal as a mediator of endothelial and vascular inflammation.

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Prof. Jeanette Erdmann (University of Lübeck) receives the "BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research 2021" from the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) in the Charité.

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17 DZHK researchers were included in the list of "Highly Cited Researchers 2021". This puts them in the top percent of the most frequently cited scientists in their respective fields worldwide.

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For his research on fat cell biology, Alexander Bartelt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU) receives the research award of the German Obesity Society at the Obesity Congress 2021.

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October 2021

Angelos Karlas

Angelos Karlas, leader of Clinical Bioengineering at MunichImaging, has won the Science Award 2021 of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie und Gefäßmedizin (DGG) for applying MSOT to molecular imaging of human carotid atherosclerosis.

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Dr. Florian Weinberger and his team from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf received the Galenus Research Prize for their work on a new type of regenerative therapy approach for advanced heart failure.

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Prof. Burkert Pieske (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and German Heart Center Berlin) has been awarded the Franz Loogen Prize at the DGK Heart Days 2021 for his studies on calcium metabolism in heart failure.

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Prof. Heribert Schunkert (Deutsches Herzzentrum München) is the new Deputy Chairman of the Board of the German Heart Foundation. He has already been a member of the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board for ten years.

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Prof. Fabian Theis (Helmholtz Zentrum München) is awarded the Hamburg Science Prize 2021.The Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg is honouring him as a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence in biomedical applications, above all in the area of single-cell biology.

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September 2021

Dr. Thorsten Kessler

Dr Thorsten Kessler (Technical University of Munich) has been awarded the Becht Research Prize 2021 of the German Foundation for Heart Research for his excellent and at the same time patient-oriented research work. This year, two scientists share the prize for the promotion of young researchers.

August 2021

Mahir Karakas from the DZHK-Site Hamburg obtained a BMBF grant (4.1 Mio. EUR) under his Co-affiliation "Department for Intensive Care Medicine". Within the project a randomized phase 2 trial will evaluate a new pharmacological compound in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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July 2021

Stephan Lehnart (University Medical Center Göttingen and University of Göttingen) has been elected as Deputy Director of the Hertha Sponer College and Executive Board member of the Excellence Cluster “Multiscale Bioimaging: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells”.

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June 2021

Dr Simone-Franziska Glaser (Goethe University Frankfurt) is the new spokesperson of the Young-DZHK at the RheinMain partner site. Dr. Michael Molitor (Mainz University Medical Centre) is deputy spokesperson.

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Prof. Jeanette Erdmann (University of Lübeck) was elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She is an expert in cardiogenetics. The Academy advises political decision-makers on socially relevant issues.

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Prof. Michael Gotthardt (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, MDC) and Prof. Benjamin Meder (Heidelberg University Hospital) are part of a transatlantic research group that is receiving $7 million from the Leducq Foundation to study the process of "alternative splicing" in heart muscle cells, which plays a role in protein production.

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Prof. Michael Boutros (University Medical Centre Mannheim) is the spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre 1324 “Mechanisms and Functions of Wnt Signaling” and continues to be funded by the DFG with around 11.5 million euros.

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May 2021

Dr. Moritz von Scheidt

Dr Moritz von Scheidt (German Heart Institute Munich) receives the Uta und Jürgen Breunig-Forschungspreis 2021 of the German Heart Foundation and the DGIM. The prize recognises his research work on atherosclerosis with a focus on coronary heart disease.

Magdalena Ellen Haid

Magdalena Ellen Haid (Greifswald University Hospital) wins the Young Investigator Award at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021 in the session "Primary care and risk factor management".

April 2021

Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen

Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen (University Medical Centre Göttingen) is receiving 1.6 million euros for a clinical study funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme as part of the ESCAPE project. The study is testing a new treatment approach in elderly, multimorbid patients with chronic heart failure who are psychologically stressed.

S. Backhaus, M. Berlin, S.I. Bibli, C.S. Börschel, S. Dimmeler, J. Friebel, R. Hinkel, B. Köll, S. Müller, P. Münkler, H.A. Katus, F. Leuschner, C. Oeing, H. Sager, A. P. Schön, A. Schuster, H. Thiele, M. Völkers, F. L. Zimmermann, W.-H. Zimmermann

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March 2021

Prof. Volkmar Falk

Prof. Volkmar Falk (German Heart Center Berlin) was newly elected to the Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie (DGTHG) as 1st Vice President.

Dr. Thomas Stocker

Dr Thomas Stocker (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich) receives the Werner Forßmann Research Award of the Medical Faculty of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He has investigated the extent to which pulmonary hypertension influences mortality after catheter-based heart valve repair.

Prof. Oliver J. Müller

Prof. Oliver J. Müller (University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel) is receiving almost 360,000 euros and 280,000 euros from the BMBF for two projects with the aim of improving gene transfer with viral vectors in certain gene therapies.

Dr. Marie Schafstedde

Dr. Marie Schafstedde (German Heart Center Berlin) receives the Young Investigator Award of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Kardiologie und angeborene Herzfehler (DGPK).

Karolin Kleemann

Karolin Kleemann (University Medical Center Göttingen) receives the Hans Georg Borst Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie (DGTHG) for the best evaluated abstract of the 50th Annual Meeting.

February 2021

Dr. Christoph Waldeyer

Dr. Christoph Waldeyer, together with Dr. Fabian J. Brunner (both University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), receives the Dr. Martini Prize 2021 for a model that calculates the cholesterol-dependent long-term risk of a heart attack. The prize promotes young medical talent.

Prof. David M. Leistner & Prof. Ulf Landmesser

Prof. David M. Leistner and Prof. Ulf Landmesser (both Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) lead the project PräVaNet and receive funding from the Innovation Fund, which supports new forms of care and care research. The project tests prevention strategies in high-risk cardiovascular patients with a focus on digital tools.

Prof. Jeanette Erdmann

Prof. Jeanette Erdmann (University of Lübeck) is a new member of the DFG's Permanent Senate Commission on Genetic Research. The Commission advises the DFG Presidium and Senate, but also parliaments and authorities.

January 2021

Prof. Sebastian Kelle

Prof. Sebastian Kelle (German Heart Center Berlin) is "Specialty Chief Editor" at the open access journal "Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine".

Prof. Jeanette Erdmann (University of Lübeck) coordinates PROGRESS, one of 18 international consortia selected by ERA PerMed - a consortium of funding organisations - to advance personalised medicine in Europe. PROGRESS uses AI to make better predictions of coronary collateral circulation in patients with coronary heart disease.

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December 2020

Dr. Philipp Bengel

Dr. Philipp Bengel (University Medical Center Göttingen) was awarded the Rudi-Busse-Young-Investigator-Award of the DGK for his research on the influence of a sodium channel on cardiac arrhythmias in heart failure.

Prof. Reinier Boon (University Hospital Frankfurt| VU Medical Centre Amsterdam, NL) is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his research on non-coding RNAs in aging-related diseases. The grant goes to excellent scientists at the beginning of an independent career.

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Prof. Florian Leuschner and Tim Christian Kuhn (both from Heidelberg University Hospital) have been awarded the Wilhelm P. Winterstein Prize of the German Heart Foundation, worth 10,000 euros, for their method of investigating how heart muscle cells communicate after a heart attack.

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November 2020

Highly Cited Researchers 2020

18 DZHK researchers were included in the list of "Highly Cited Researchers 2020". This puts them in the top percent of the most frequently cited scientists in their respective fields.

Dr. Alexander Nave

Dr. Alexander Nave and Torsten Rackoll (both Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) have won the Research and Innovation Award 2020 of the Society for Rehabilitation Sciences. They investigated the effect of fitness training on patients in stroke rehabilitation.

October 2020

Prof. Norbert Frey

Prof. Norbert Frey has been the new Medical Director of the Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology at Heidelberg University Hospital since October 2020.

Prof. Wolfgang Koenig (Department of Cardiology, German Heart Centre Munich) receives the Paul Morawitz Prize for his work in the field of epidemiology and biomarker research of cardiovascular diseases.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Uecker

Martin Uecker (University Medical Center Göttingen) will be a member of the Editorial Board of the medical journal "Magnetic Resonance in Medicine" of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), starting January 2021.

September 2020

Dr. Konstantin Stark (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) receives an ERC Starting Grant for his work on immunological mechanisms of recurrent thrombosis. The grant supports outstanding young researchers.

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Prof. Martin Halle

Prof. Martin Halle is the president of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) 2020-2022 and thus a member of the board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Dr. Dario Bongiovanni (Klinikum rechts der Isar) wins the Young Investigator Award at the ESC Congress 2020 in the session "Thrombosis" with his presentation "The pro-thrombotic transcriptomic signature of reticulated platelets in patients with chronic coronary syndrome".

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August 2020

Prof. Konstantinos Stellos (Goethe University Frankfurt | Newcastle University, UK) is the winner of the ESC Outstanding Achievement Award 2020, which honours two basic researchers for outstanding achievements in the early stages of their careers at the ESC Congress.

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Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt) was awarded the gold medal at the ESC Congress 2020, which was held digitally. The ESC thus honors cardiologists for their outstanding achievements in medicine.

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PD Dipl. Ing. Sophie Van Linthout, PhD (BCRT, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is a new board member of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC. In the 2020-2022 legislature, she is one of two representatives of the "Basic Science Section".

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Prof. Michael Potente, formerly of the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, has become a BIH professor with a focus on "Translational Vascular Biomedicine" at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) since August 2020.

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June 2020

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Diana Lindner (Universitäres Herz- und Gefäßzentrum Hamburg) receives 80.000 euros from the Deutsche Herzstiftung for the project „Kardiale Inflammation durch direkte Virusinfektion bei verstorbenen COVID-19 Patienten”.

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Dr. Leo Johannes Nicolai (LMU Klinikum der Universität München) receives support for his project „HEART Immunophenotyping in COVID-19 – Analyse von Blut-Leukozyten bei COVID-19 erkrankten Patienten mit KHK, Herzinsuffizienz, und kardiovaskulärem Risikoprofil” with a grant of 130.000 euros from the Deutsche Herzstiftung.

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Dr. Katharina Lechner (Deutsches Herzzentrum München) receives 53.900 euros from the Deutsche Herzstiftung for the project „Metabolisch-inflammatorischer Phänotyp und klinischer Verlauf bei COVID-19”.

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Dr. Sebastian Cremer (Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt) receives a grant for the project „Defining an immune cell signature of COVID-19 infections in patients with atherosclerosis". The project will be supported by the Deutsche Herzstiftung with 70.000 euros.

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Prof. Dr. Eike Nagel (Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt) receives 110.000 euros from the Deutsche Herzstiftung for the project „Erfassung der kardialen Herzbeteiligung in COVID-19 Überlebenden ”.

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May 2020

Prof. Gerd Hasenfuß (University Medical Center Göttingen) is the spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 1002 "Modulatory Units in Heart Failure", which has been extended for another four years and is funded by the German Research Foundation with 14.6 million euros.

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Prof. Wolfram Hubertus Zimmermann (University Medical Center Göttingen) and four project partners are the second winner in the innovation competition "Organ replacement from the laboratory" with the IndiHEART project and receive 2 million euros from the BMBF.

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Prof. Lucie Carrier (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf) is the European coordinator of a research group that is receiving 5.6m euros from the Leducq Foundation within the Transatlantic Network of Excellence and is investigating the role of the cytoskeleton in heart failure.

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Prof. Florian Leuschner (Heidelberg University Hospital) is the European coordinator of a research group that is supported by the Leducq Foundation within the Transatlantic Network of Excellence. The team is investigating inflammation and fibrosis as hallmarks of heart failure.

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Prof. Wolfram Zimmermann (University Medical Center Göttingen) is the European coordinator of a research group supported by the Leducq Foundation within the Transatlantic Network of Excellence. The team is investigating genome editing for the treatment of heart failure.

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Prof. Dr. Hendrik Sager

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Sager (German Heart Centre Munich) will receive 300,000 euros from the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung for the project "Alteration of the monocyte repertoire after myocardial infarction - novel mechanistic insights and therapeutic avenues".

April 2020

Julia Büschges

Julia Büschges (Robert Koch Institute) received the Young Investigator Award for her contribution on childhood cardiovascular risk factors, which she presented at the virtual ESC Preventive Cardiology Congress 2020.

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PD Dr. Thorsten Kessler (German Heart Centre Munich, Technical University of Munich) receives the Prevention Prize 2020 of the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM).

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Prof. Thomas Wieland

In cooperation with Prof. Joachim Fischer (both Medical Faculty Mannheim), it was possible to raise 1.59 million euros from the state of Baden-Württemberg for the AMBIGOAL research project aimed at securing GP care in rural areas on the basis of innovative health centres.

February 2020

Prof. Johannes Backs

Prof. Johannes Backs (Heidelberg University Hospital) will receive 442,000 euros from the state of Baden-Württemberg for the project "Development of an 'indirect heart muscle cell test' (IHT) for the prediction of heart failure".

Prof. Jeanette Schulz-Menger

Prof. Jeanette Schulz-Menger (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is honoured with the Gold Medal Award 2020 of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR).

January 2020

Prof. Jens Frahm

The physicist Prof. Jens Frahm (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry) is awarded the Werner von Siemens Ring of the foundation of the same name for his achievements. He has further developed MRI into a fast and thus clinically mature technology.

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Dr. Mahir Karakas

Dr. Mahir Karakas (University Heart and Vascular Centre Hamburg) will receive 4.7 million euros from the German Research Foundation. For the first time, aspirin and atorvastatin will be evaluated in a clinical study for the treatment of mild myocardial ischemia.

Prof. Renate Schnabel

Prof. Renate Schnabel (University Heart and Vascular Centre Hamburg) coordinates the AFFECT-EU project on screening for atrial fibrillation. Together with 26 international partners, she will receive 6 million euros from the EU's Horizon 2020 funding programme.

Prof. Tommaso Gori

Prof. Tommaso Gori (University Medical Center Mainz) received a prize money of 50,000 euros from the Mainz Heart Foundation for his research in the field of coronary heart disease.

Prof. Philipp Wild

Prof. Philipp Wild (University Medical Center Mainz) received a prize money of 200,000 euros from the Mainz Heart Foundation for the Gutenberg Health Study of which he is the director.