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Lung Researcher Receives Helmholtz International Fellow Award

Professor Dr. Jadwiga Anna Wedzicha has been named a recipient of a Helmholtz International Fellow Award. She will use the award grant to further expand cooperative projects with the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC).

Lung Researcher Receives Helmholtz International Fellow Award

Professor Dr. Jadwiga Anna Wedzicha. Source: Simon Keats

Jadwiga Anna Wedzicha is one of seven award winners of the Helmholtz International Fellowship Award 2014. She will use the award grant of EUR 20,000 to expand and intensify collaborations with the CPC.

Professor Wedzicha conducts research at the National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College London. She is regarded as one of the world’s leading physicians in the field of respiratory medicine and is editor of the prestigious American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine (AJRCCM).

For more than ten years she has been collaborating with Professor Dr. Oliver Eickelberg, director of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), which is comprised of partners from Helmholtz Zentrum München, University Hospital Munich and the Asklepios Center for Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery in Munich-Gauting. Joint projects are mainly in the field of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Professor Wedzicha’s main focus of research is the pathogenesis of COPD exacerbations.

“The award grant gives us the opportunity to intensify our cooperation with Professor Wedzicha and the National Heart and Lung Institute,” said Eickelberg. The young scientists at the Center will particularly benefit from her research stay at the CPC. She will hold a series of lectures as part of the CPC graduate program and will advise the CPC on the design of clinical trials.

Further Information

About the Helmholtz International Fellow Award
The Helmholtz International Fellow Award is directed towards outstanding scientists and/or science managers based outside Germany, who work in fields relevant to the Helmholtz Association. Concurrently with the award, Helmholtz International Fellows receive invitations for flexible research stays at one or more Helmholtz centers where cooperation already exists or would be useful and profitable in the future. Up to 10 Helmholtz International Fellow Awards can be awarded each year. Nominations can be submitted anytime by all member institutions of the Helmholtz Association.

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle. The Helmholtz Zentrum München has about 2,200 staff members and is headquartered in Neuherberg in the north of Munich. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a member of the Helmholtz Association, a community of 18 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers with a total of about 34,000 staff members.

Further information:  Imperial College London / National Heart & Lung College