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Christian Matek receives the Artur-Pappenheim Award 2022

Awards & Grants, AIH,

Christian Matek, MD, DPhil is the recipient of this year‘s Artur Pappenheim Award of the German Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO). The prize was awarded to him during the common annual meeting of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies for Hematology in Vienna.

The award-winning research was centered around developing neural network-based diagnostic support systems for morphologic examination of leukocytes in bone marrow and peripheral blood, which represents a key step in the diagnostic workup of many hematologic malignancies. The results pave the way for a faster and more precise characterization of these disease entities in the near future.

Christian Matek started the award-winning research during his time as a Dr. med. student jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Karsten Spiekermann at the Department of Internal Medicine III at LMU University Medical Center (Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael von Bergwelt) and the group of Dr. Carsten Marr at Helmholtz Munich. During his time as a postdoctoral researcher there, the method could be extended to cover bone marrow samples from a wide variety of patients. Currently, Dr. Matek works as a resident at the Institute of Pathology at Uniklinikum Erlangen.



Christian Matek, Sebastian Krappe, Christian Münzenmayer, Torsten Haferlach, Carsten Marr; Highly accurate differentiation of bone marrow cell morphologies using deep neural networks on a large image data set. Blood 2021; 138 (20): 1917–1927. DOI:

Christian Matek, Simone Schwarz, Karsten Spiekermann, Carsten Marr; Human-level recognition of blast cells in acute myeloid leukaemia with convolutional neural networks. Nat Mach Intell 1, 538–544 (2019). DOI: