Awards and Grants

Archive

2011 to 2019

June 2024

Among the top 100 scientists in the "Best Medicine Scientists in Germany" ranking are 16 DZHK researchers.

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Marco Witkowski

Dr Marco Witkowski (Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charité, Berlin) receives the Science Award of the Josef Freitag Foundation of the German Heart Foundation.

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May 2024

Prof Dr Sophie van Linthout (Berlin Institute of Health, Charité Berlin) becomes Coordinator of the Basic Research Section on the HFA Board 2024-2026.

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Dr Michael Amponsah-Offeh (Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University) receives the first prize of the European Society of Cardiology Young Investigator Award of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science.

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Prof Dr Friederike Cuello and Dr Till Joscha Demal (both UKE Hamburg) have received funding of 750,000 euros from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for their three-year translational research project on the inheritance of aortic diseases.

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Dr Christine Maria Poch (TU Munich) receives the Jung Career Award of the Hamburg Jung Foundation for Science and Research with a grant of 210,000 euros.

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April 2024

Stefanie Dimmeler

Prof Dr Stefanie Dimmeler (Goethe University Frankfurt) receives the Le Gros Clark Prize Award for her lecture on "Cardiovascular Ageing: Unravelling the Interplay of Vessels, Nerves, and Inflammation".

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Gerd Hasenfuß

Prof Dr Gerd Hasenfuß (University Medical Center Göttingen) receives the Leopold Lichtwitz Medal of the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM). It is the highest award of the specialist society and recognises his great services to internal medicine.

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Teresa Gerhardt

Dr Teresa Gerhardt (Charité Berlin) receives the Prevention Award 2024 from the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM) and the German Foundation of Internal Medicine (DSIM) for her research work on precision prevention after a heart attack at the 130th Congress of Internal Medicine.

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Prof. Alessandra Moretti (Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich) has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for her research project EPICURE. She is using organoids to find new ways to repair the human heart.

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Alessio Alogna, Tan An Dang, Laura Erika Maria Hannen, Norbert Hübner, Dominik Jurczyk, Badder Kattih, Thorsten Keßler, Wolfgang Koenig, Nils Krüger, Julian Leberzammer, Sebastian Ludwig, Steffen Massberg, Ann-Kathrin Rahm, Christoph Reich, Moritz von Scheidt, Tharusan Thevathasan, Manuela Thienel, Elisabeth Unger, Stephan Willems, Marco Witkowski

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Lutz Ackermann

Prof Dr Lutz Ackermann (Georg-August-University, Göttingen) receives the Otto Roelen Medal 2024 from Dechema and the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS).

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Wolfgang Kuebler

Univ-Prof. Dr Wolfgang Kuebler (Charité Berlin) receives the "Julius H. Comroe, Jr., Distinguished Lectureship 2024", one of the most important awards in the field of physiology, at the American Physiology Summit.

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March 2024

Tim Friede

Prof Dr Tim Friede (University Medical Center Göttingen) receives the Susanne Dahms Medal for outstanding services to the International Biometric Society and its German Region (IBS-DR).

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Rainer Kaiser

Dr med Rainer Kaiser (LMU clinic Munich) receives the Young Talent Award for Thrombosis Research/Vascular Medicine from the Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis Research e.V. (GTH).

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Prof Vasilis Ntziachristos, MSc PhD (Helmholtz Munich) has been elected as a new member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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Marcel H. Schulz

Prof Dr Marcel H. Schulz (Goethe University Frankfurt) takes up a professorship for Artificial Intelligence in Genome Research at the Goethe University.

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February 2024

Marie Schafstedde

PD Dr Marie Schafstedde (Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charité (DHZC), Berlin) has been awarded the DGPK's "Gerd Killian" grant. The total endowment amounts to 60,000 euros.

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Alexander Breitenstein (Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charité, Berlin), development engineer in the "GrOwnValve" team led by DHZC paediatric cardiologist PD Dr Boris Schmitt, receives the Young Investigator Award of the DGPK.

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Constanze Pfitzer

PD Dr Constanze Pfitzer (Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charité (DHZC), Berlin) is awarded the Science Prize 2024 of the German Society for Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Defects (DGPK).

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Kun Lu

Dr Kun Lu (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) receives the DGTHG's Cardiac Medicine Award.

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Monhanta Sarajo

Dr Monhanta Sarajo (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) has been awarded the €10,000 Research Prize for Cardiovascular Medicine by the Ulrich Karsten Foundation and the DGTHG.

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Hugo A. Katus

Prof Hugo A. Katus (Heidelberg University Hospital) receives an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University for his pioneering research in cardiology.

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Lutz Ackermann

Prof. Dr Lutz Ackermann (Georg-August-University Göttingen) receives the Otto Roelen Medal 2024. DECHEMA and GeCatS support with this prize his research on sustainable catalysis.

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Volkmar Falk

Prof. Dr Volkmar Falk (Charité Berlin) is the new Vice President of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS).

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December 2023

Junior professor Dr. Sandy Engelhardt (Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University) and Prof. Dr Philipp Wild (University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) have been awarded a total of 5 million euros as part of the Carl Zeiss Foundation's "CZS Breakthroughs" programme for their research into individualised therapeutic approaches for patients with heart failure.

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Monika Sadlonova

Dr Monika Sadlonova (University Medical Centre Göttingen, UMG) has been awarded the Jacob Henle Prize for Young Researchers. She received the 10,000 euro prize for her clinical and scientific achievements in the field of psychocardiology with a focus on cardiac surgery patients.

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Dr. Lena Marie Seegers (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) receives the LOEWE project funding from the Hessian Ministry of Science for her research into women-specific prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

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Stefanie Dimmeler

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern as part of the Dies academicus 2023.

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Luise Röhrich

Dr Luise Röhrich (Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charité, DHZC) has won the 10,000 euro research award of the Deutsche Interdisziplinäre Vereinigung für Intensiv- und Notfallmedizin (DIVI). The prize supports work that improves patient safety.

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Katharina Schmitt

Prof. Katharina Schmitt (German Heart Centre of the Charité, DHZC) is taking up a W3 professorship for developmental paediatrics in cardiac medicine. This makes the paediatric cardiologist the first W3 professorship of its kind in Germany.

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November 2023

Dr. Daniel Andergassen (TU Munich) receives an ERC Starting Grant for his research on sex differences in heart failure.

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Daniel Reichart

Dr. Daniel Reichart (LMU Klinikum München) has been awarded two million euros in funding by the DFG as part of the Emmy Noether Programme for his research into ageing processes in the heart.

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Dr. Lena Marie Seegers (University Hospital Frankfurt) receives the Martina Grote Science Award "Women's Hearts" from the German Heart Foundation for her work on gender-specific differences in plaque structures. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2023 in collaboration with the German Society of Cardiology (DGK).

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Dr. Gabriele G. Schiattarella (MDC/DHZC, Berlin) receives the Outstanding Investigator Award 2024 of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR). The award honours scientists who make significant and independent contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science and lead a growing, future-relevant research programme.

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Once again this year, DZHK researchers are among the most influential researchers worldwide. The "Highly Cited Researchers 2023" list honours those, whose publications have been cited particularly frequently by peers.

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Karin Ziegler

Dr Karin Ziegler (Technical University of Munich) receives the prestigious research award from the German Foundation for Heart Research. Her research work on the treatment of sleep disorders in cardiovascular diseases is being supported with a total of 15,000 euros.

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Silke Szymczak

Prof. Silke Szymczak (IMBS, University of Lübeck) receives the highly endowed Dorothea Erxleben Female Investigator Award Grant of 100,000 euros from the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI) for her research on machine learning methods.

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Julien Gagneur

Prof. Julien Gagneur (Technical University of Munich) is one of a team of researchers to receive an ERC Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The highly endowed funding enables small groups of top researchers from different disciplines to tackle complex research questions.

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Prof. Julio Saez-Rodriguez (Heidelberg University Hospital) is one of a team of researchers to receive an ERC Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The highly endowed funding enables small groups of top researchers from different disciplines to tackle complex research questions.

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Tobias Petzold

The research group led by Dr. Tobias Petzold (LMU Clinic, Munich) receives the Galenus Prize 2023 for its basic research into the development of thrombosis.

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October 2023

Sandy Engelhardt

Prof. Dr. Sandy Engelhardt (University Hospital, Heidelberg) receives 5 million euros from the Carl Zeiss Foundation as part of the CZS Breakthrough Programme for her research on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the treatment of heart failure.

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Michael Boutros

Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros (University Hospital, Heidelberg) has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and member of the University Hospital Board with effect from 01 October 2023.

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Prof. Soni Savai Pullamsetti (Justus Liebig University, Giessen) is a new member of the prestigious Leopoldina. The National Academy of Sciences thus honours her achievements in strategic treatment approaches for various lung diseases.

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September 2023

Daniel Reichart

Dr. Daniel Reichart (Ludwig-Maximilians-University clinic, Munich) has received funding for his research within the scope of the Emmy Noether Programme.

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Felix Hartmann

Dr. Felix Hartmann (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg) has received funding from the European Research Council for his research into the metabolic states of cancer and immune cells in cancer immunotherapy.

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Maik Pietzner

Dr. Maik Pietzner (Berlin Institute of Health, Charité Berlin) has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros over 5 years for his research project GenDrug.

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Matthias Sigler

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Sigler (University Hospital, Göttingen) has been awarded a grant of €96,800.00 by the Deutsche Herzstiftung e.V./Deutsche Stiftung für Herzforschung for his research into the Melody heart valve prosthesis.

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Kristin Kräker

Dr. Kristin Kräker (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin) receives the American Heart Association's 2023 Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for an abstract submitted to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2023.

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August 2023

Renate Schnabel

Prof. Renate Schnabel (University clinic, Hamburg-Eppendorf) gave the Geoffrey Rose Lecture on Population Sciences at the ESC Congress 2023 in Amsterdam.

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Dr Alessia Lena and Dr Markus Anker from the Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the German Heart Institute Charité (DHZC) have been awarded the German Heart Foundation's Wilhelm P. Winterstein Prize (10,000 euros) for their findings on the diagnosis and therapy of tumour-related heart disease.

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Sofia Forslund

On August 1, 2023, Sofia Forslund (Charitè - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) will take up a W3 Professorship in Applied Microbiology at Charité.

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July 2023

Jakob Olfe

Jakob Olfe, MD, (University Heart and Vascular Center Hamburg) is, together with other scientists, the winner of the Kurt and Erika Palm Foundation Science Prize, which is awarded by the German Heart Foundation and the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases (DGPR).

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Sofia-Iris Bibli

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sofia-Iris Bibli (Goethe University Frankfurt) receives the Hector Research Career Development Award. Her research focuses on metabolic surveillance mechanisms that control vascular regeneration.

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For his achievements as a clinically practicing cardiologist and his scientific successes in decoding the genetic causes of heart attacks, Prof. Dr. Heribert Schunkert (German Heart Centre Munich) was awarded the Order of Merit by the Bavarian Minister President on July 5, 2023.

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Michael Potente

The European scientific organization EMBO has elected Prof. Dr. Michael Potente (Max Delbrück Center and Berlin Institute of Health at Charité) as a new member. This makes him one of more than 2,000 leading bioscientists in Europe.

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June 2023

Leo Nicolai

PD Dr. med Leo Nicolai (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) was able to acquire a junior research group in the field of cardiovascular diseases by the Corona Foundation. The funding comprises around €1 million over five years and aims to reveal new therapeutic, diagnostic and prognostic approaches in thrombosis.

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Dr. Redouane Aherrahrou and his junior research group at the Institute for Cardiogenetics at the University of Lübeck receive funding from the Corona Foundation for research into the genetic causes of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and its sex differences.

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Lutz Ackermann

Prof. Dr. Lutz Ackermann (University of Göttingen) receives a research award worth more than €1 million in the "Project of the Century" competition organized by the Werner Siemens Foundation (WSS).

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Prof. Dr. Michael Zeisberg, Prof. Dr. Lutz Ackermann (both University Medical Center Göttingen, UMG) and their teamcan look forward to €1.5 million in start-up funding from the Institute for Biomedical Translation (IBT) from the state of Lower Saxony. Their project RevOFib (Reversal of Fibrosis) contains a portfolio of anti-fibrotic approaches in multiple stages of development for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease.

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Eckhard Wolf

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) is the recipient of the "Münster Heart Center Lecture". He conducts research in the field of xenotransplantation. With this award, the Münster Heart Center Foundation annually honors internationally outstanding researchers.

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May 2023

Dr Torben Lange and Prof. Andreas Schuster (both University Medical Center Göttingen) receive the 16th Gerald M. Pohost Runner-up Award of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. The prize is awarded for the best publication of the year in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

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Prof. Stefan Engelhardt (Technical University of Munich, TUM) and Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler (Goethe University Frankfurt) lead the Collaborative Research Center "Non-coding RNA in the Cardiovascular System" as spokesperson and co-spokesperson. The DFG has extended the funding by four years.

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Hugo A. Katus

Prof. (em.) Hugo A. Katus (Heidelberg University Hospital) was honored as a pioneer of heart attack diagnostics with the Order of Merit, the highest award of the state of Baden-Württemberg: Minister President Winfried Kretschmann presented him with the order at the ceremony marking the state's foundation day.

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Prof. Leif-Hendrik Boldt and Dr Djawid Hashemi (both Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) receive the Max Rubner Award of the Charité Foundation for their innovation project "Integration of the patient perspective into routine care: Model project based on atrial fibrillation". The award honours employees and members of the Charité who would like to realise an innovative idea within their clinic.

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Rainer Kaiser

Rainer Kaiser (LMU Klinikum) receives around 290,000 euros from the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation to establish a research group over the next three years.

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April 2023

Prof. Stefan Blankenberg (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE) was elected as the future President of the German Cardiac Society (DGK) for the term 2025-2027.

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Stefan Blankenberg, Pieterjan Dierickx, Maria Kyriaki Drekolia, Rajinikanth Gogiraju, Jana Grune, Hugo A. Katus, Rebecca Maitra, Alessandra Moretti, Eike Nagel, Valentina Puntmann, Tobias Rheude, Johann Rößler, Richard Schell, Constanze Schmidt, Mariana Shumliakivska, Sabine Steffens, Andreas Zeiher

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March 2023

Rainer Böger

Prof. Rainer Böger (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE) receives the ERC Advanced Grant for his research project NO PRESSURE to improve the diagnosis and therapy of the lung disease COPD.

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Claudia Crocini

Dr Claudia Crocini (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is starting a new DZHK junior research group and is researching how male and female heart cells differ. The DZHK will fund the research groups for the next six years.

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Prof. Johannes Backs (Heidelberg University Hospital), Prof. Alessandra Moretti (Technical University of Munich) and Prof. Oliver J. Müller (Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital) are receiving funding from the DZG Innovation Fund, which was awarded for the first time. Together with researchers from four other DZGs, they want to advance gene and cell therapy.

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February 2023

Michael Potente

Prof. Michael Potente (Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, BIH) was awarded the Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology by the North American Vascular Biology Organzization (NAVBO). This award recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists who are at mid-career.

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Hristian Hinkov

Dr Hristian Hinkov (German Heart Centre of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) was awarded the Dr. Rusche project grant of the German Foundation of Heart Research. He will receive 58,800 euros to further investigate how the microbiome changes after heart surgery with the use of a heart-lung machine.

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Sofia-Iris Bibli

Prof. Sofia-Iris Bibli (University Hospital Frankfurt) has been awarded the Hector Research Career Development Award. The award is aimed at particularly talented young scientists from the natural and engineering sciences, medicine or psychology who have already sharpened their scientific profile and taken the first career step

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Volkmar Falk

Prof. Volkmar Falk (German Heart Center Berlin), is the new President of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Since 2014, he has been Medical Director of the German Heart Institute Berlin (DHZB), which was transferred to the German Heart Institute of the Charité (DHZC) in 2023.

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Dr Kami Alexander Pekayvaz (Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) receives a grant from the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation for first and second applications. In this way, the foundation supports researchers who are still in the early stages of obtaining funding.

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Linda Grefen

Dr Linda Grefen (Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), receives the Cardiac Medicine Award of the German Society for Thoracic, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery for her doctoral thesis 'In vitro evaluation of processing methods and optimization of endothelialization of pericardial patches for cardiac surgery application'.

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January 2023

Lars Mägdefessel

Professor Lars Maegdefessel (University Hospital rechts der Isar) receives an ERC Consolidator Grant to target long non-coding RNAs for novel treatment strategies in vascular diseases. The funding goes to excellent scientists to consolidate an independent research team.

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Professor Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut (Technical University of Munich) receives an ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate the role of the glucocorticoid receptor in aging and circadian endocrinology. The funding goes to excellent scientists to consolidate an independent research team.

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Dr. Jana Grune (German Heart Center Berlin) and Dr. Pieterjan Dierickx (Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research) each start a new junior research group. The DZHK will fund the research groups for the next six years.

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Mahir Karakas

Prof. Dr. Dr. Mahir Karakas, MBA (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE) has been awarded the "Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professorship". The W3-Professorship for translational research and innovative clinical trials is located at the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and supports the UKE in terms of molecular translation and clinical trials.

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Leo Nicolai

Dr Leo Nicolai (Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) was awarded the Bayer Thrombosis Research Award 2023 for demonstrating that organ involvement and prothrombotic features in COVID-19 are linked by immune-thrombosis. The award goes to researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Joachim Spranger

Prof. Dr. Joachim Spranger (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) took over as new Dean at Charité. His new role comes with a seat on Charité’s Board of Directors, where he is responsible for research and teaching. He has headed Charité’s Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism since 2011.

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Benjamin Meder

Prof. Benjamin Meder (Heidelberg University Hospital) has accepted the call to the W3 professorship "Precision Digital Health" at Heidelberg University. His research focus is on digital biomarkers, wearables for prevention and therapy support, and AI in everyday clinical practice.

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Samuel Sossalla

Prof. Dr. Samuel Sossalla (University Hospital Regensburg, University Medical Center Göttingen) was awarded the European "Outstanding Achievement Award" of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The award honors mid-career scientists who have made outstanding achievements over several years.

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December 2022

Thorsten Kessler

PD Dr Thorsten Kessler (German Heart Centre Munich) has received funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in the context of the Heisenberg Program. The program aims to enable outstanding researchers who meet all the requirements for appointment to a long-term professorship to prepare for a senior academic role while continuing their research work.

Fabian Theis

Prof. Fabian Theis (German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München) wins the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2023. The prestigious award of the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is endowed with 2.5 million euros. Theis conducts research in the field of artificial intelligence in biomedicine.

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Laura Nickel (University of Lübeck), Harithaa Anandakuma and Valentin Vecera (both Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) receive the Dieter-Klaus-Förderpreis of the Deutsche Hypertonie Stiftung DHS®. The prize goes to young researchers throughout Europe who are involved in experimental, clinical or epidemiological hypertension research.

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November 2022

Dr Gabriele Schiattarella (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) has received an ERC Starting Grant to investigate how ketone metabolism and signalling are linked in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The grant supports outstanding young researchers.

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Thorsten Kessler

PD Dr Thorsten Kessler (German Heart Centre Munich) has received an ERC Starting Grant for his research on cell-cell communication in cardiovascular inflammation. The grant supports outstanding young researchers.

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16 scientists of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) are among the most cited researchers worldwide and thus among the most influential experts in their field of research. The list of "Highly Cited Researchers" is published every year by the analysis company Clarivate.

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Marc Dewey

Prof. Marc Dewey (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) received an honorary doctorate from Semmelweis University, Budapest/Hungary. Ten outstanding, internationally renowned professors with active links to the university have been awarded.

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Sarajo Mohanta

Dr Sarajo Mohanta (Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) has received the 15,000 euro research prize of the Deutsche Herzstiftung. He has discovered that blood vessels affected by atherosclerosis and the brain are directly connected via nerve pathways and communicate with each other.

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Matthias Heinig

Dr Matthias Heinig (German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München) has received 50,000 euros to identify early detectable risk factors for atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. It is one of 14 projects for research into atrial fibrillation for which the Deutsche Herzstiftung is providing a total of one million euros.

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Stephan Müller

Stephan Müller (University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich) is receiving 110,000 euros to find out whether an app can help patients with atrial fibrillation to better adapt their lifestyle. It is one of 14 projects for research into atrial fibrillation for which the Deutsche Herzstiftung is providing a total of one million euros.

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Prof. Constanze Schmidt and Dr Felix Wiedmann (both Heidelberg University Hospital) are receiving 100,000 euros to find out more about changes in heart tissue in atrial fibrillation. It is one of 14 projects for research into atrial fibrillation for which the Deutsche Herzstiftung is providing a total of one million euros.

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Dr Justus Stenzig and Prof. Tanja Zeller (both University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKe) are receiving more than 70,000 euros to research the role of metabolic signalling molecules in atrial fibrillation. It is one of 14 projects for research into atrial fibrillation for which the Deutsche Herzstiftung is providing a total of one million euros.

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Felix A. Trogisch

Dr. Felix A. Trogisch (Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg) has been awarded the abstract prize of the Segnitz-Ackermann Foundation. With his research group, he has discovered a possible new starting point for the treatment of heart failure.

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October 2022

Prof. Elisabeth Zeisberg (University Medical Center Göttingen) and her team receive 1.5 million euros in the framework of the SPRIND-Challenge "A Quantum Leap for New Antiviral Agents" of the Bundesagentur für Sprunginnovation, for the development of new antiviral agents.

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Three DZHK Principal Investigators have made it into the first-ever global ranking of the "Best Female Scientists in the World 2022": Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler, Prof. Ingrid Fleming (both Goethe University Frankfurt) and Prof. Jeanette Erdmann (University of Lübeck). They are among 1000 female researchers with the highest H-index, as determined by the research.com portal.

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Wolfgang Hoffmann

Prof. Wolfgang Hoffmann (Greifswald University Hospital) is the new chairman of the German Network for Health Services Research. He has been a member of the board for ten years, most recently serving as vice chairman.

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Ralf Brandes

Prof. Ralf Brandes (University Hospital Frankfurt) receives the Robert Pfleger Research Award 2020 for his contributions to the physiology and pathophysiology of blood vessels. The award, which is endowed with 60,000 euros, has only now been presented to three prize winners due to the pandemic.

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Derk Frank

Prof. Derk Frank (University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel Campus) is the new director of the Department of Internal Medicine III, specializing in cardiology, angiology and internal intensive care medicine. Previously, he held the position of acting director of the clinic for two years.

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Julian Grünewald

Dr Julian Grünewald (TU Munich) was awarded the Life Sciences Bridge Award of the Aventis Foundation for his contribution to the genome editing of heart muscle cells - with 100,000 euros one of the most highly endowed prizes for young scientists in Germany.

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Wolfram Döhner

Prof. Wolfram Döhner (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is a new board member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), one of the largest medical academic societies worldwide. The election for ESC Councillor for 2022-24 took place in June.

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August 2022

Christian Weber

Prof. Christian Weber (Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) receives the ESC William Harvey Lecture Award for Basic Sciences for his contributions to atherosclerosis research.

Alexander Steger

First prize in the Kurt and Erika Palm Foundation Science Award goes to Dr Alexander Steger, Klinikum rechts der Isar, TU Munich. The prize is awarded by the German Heart Foundation together with the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases (DGPR). It is endowed with a total of 10,000 euros.

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July 2022

Anselm Uebing

Prof. Anselm Uebing (Kiel University) was elected at the end of June as the new Chairman of the Board of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects, one of the world's largest research networks in the field of congenital heart defects.

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June 2022

Zegeye Hailu Jebessa

Zegeye Hailu Jebessa, University Hospital Heidelberg, has won an American Heart Association 2022 Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for abstract "S100A1 And STRIT1 Redundantly Governs Responsiveness Of The Heart To Hemodynamic Stress Via Modulation Of SERCA2a Activity".


May 2022

Ralf Brandes

Prof. Ralf Brandes (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), is spokesperson of the new Collaborative Research Center 1531 "Damage Control by the Stroma-Vascular Compartment".

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Johannes Backs

Prof. Johannes Backs (Heidelberg University Hospital) and his team receive funding to establish Collaborative Research Center 1550 "Molecular Circuits of Heart Disease" at Heidelberg University.

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Franziska Seidel

Dr Franziska Seidel (German Heart Center Berlin, DHZB), is investigating disease mechanisms of heart muscle inflammation in children with a grant of 60,000 euros from the German Heart Foundation's Gerd Killian Fund.

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Ingrid Fleming

Prof. Ingrid Fleming (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) receives the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2022 for her successful research into the molecular causes of vascular diseases associated with diabetes and circulatory diseases.

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Carsten Tschöpe

Prof. Carsten Tschöpe (Berlin Institut of Health at Charité) receives a research award from the program: Charite 2.0, for his work titled "Molecular Cartography in cardiac biopsies from myocarditis patients following SARS-CoV2-infection or mRNA-vaccination".

Eileen Furlong

Dr Eileen Furlong (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg) receives the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her work in developmental biology on functional mechanisms of enhancers in gene regulation. Her work was able to clarify how genes are activated during embryonic development.

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April 2022

Tanja Zeller, Florian Leuschner, Ingrid Fleming, Matthias Gorenflo, Philipp Bengel, Petros Tirilomis, Steffen Desch, Mahir Karakas, Arne Thiele, Stefanie Maria Werhahn, David Velmeden, Teresa Gerhardt, Sebastian Ludwig, Julius Steffen, Jana Grune, Merve Keles, Felix Armin Trogisch, Julian U. G. Wagner, Julian Friebel, Simone-Franziska Glaser, Constanze Schmidt, Matthias Bock, Katharina Lechner, Denitsa Meteva.

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Michael Gotthardt

Prof. Michael Gotthardt (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) receives the ERC Advanced Grant for his project "Mechanoregulation of alternative splicing - a multi-omics and single cell approach to improved cardiac function".

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Andreas Zeiher

Prof. Andreas Zeiher (Goethe University Frankfurt) receives the ERC Advanced Grant for his project "Clonal hematopoesis of indeterminate potential and degenerative aortic valve stenosis".

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Stefanie Dimmeler

Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler (Goethe University Frankfurt) receives the ERC Advanced Grant for her project "The cardiac neurovascular interface in aging".

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Fabian Theis

Prof. Fabian Theis (Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Centre for Environmental Health) receives the ERC Advanced Grant for his project "Learning and modelling the molecular response of single cells to drug perturbation".

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March 2022

Thomas Walther

Prof. Thomas Walther (University Hospital Frankfurt) receives funding of 152,000 euros from the German Heart Foundation and the Horst Haas and Irene Haas Scheuermann Foundation for a study on the prediction of life-threatening type A aortic dissection for a period of two years.

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Dr Jan Philipp Junker (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his research on how the heart can heal itself. He is studying zebrafish hearts that are capable of doing this. The grant of two million euros for five years goes to excellent scientists at the beginning of an independent career.

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Dagmar Krefting

Prof. Dagmar Krefting is the new director of the Institute of Medical Informatics at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG). She had already taken over as acting director of the Institute since September 2019.

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Stefanie Dimmeler

Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler (University Hospital Frankfurt) receives the Otto Warburg Medal of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) for her pioneering work in the field of cardiovascular diseases. The Medal has been endowed with prize money of 25,000 euros.

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February 2022

Alessio Alogna

Dr Alessio Alogna (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) wins the Young Investigator Award at the "HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research 2022" of the European Society of Cardiology with the lecture "Inhalation of peptide-loaded nanoparticles improves cardiac function in pacing-induced heart failure .”

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Constanze Schmidt

Prof. Constanze Schmidt (Heidelberg University Hospital) has been awarded the “Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professorship” for her research work on atrial fibrillation.

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Mahir Karakas

Dr Mahir Karakas (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf) has been awarded the "Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professorship" for his COVID-19 research.

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Roland Tilz

Prof. Roland Tilz takes over as head of the new Clinic for Rhythmology at the Lübeck Campus of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH). He previously headed the Electrophysiology Department, which was dissolved in the course of the new founding.

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January 2022

Dr Moritz von Scheidt (German Heart Center Munich) receives 1 million euros from the Corona Foundation for 5 years, with the long-term goal of being able to better assess the cardiovascular risk of CHD patients in the future and therefore better treat them with medication.

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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.