Julia Esser-von Bieren Receives Henning Løwenstein Research Award 2021

For her outstanding research in the field of immunological mechanisms of allergic inflammation, Julia Esser-von Bieren from the Institute of Allergy Research received this year's Henning Løwenstein Research Award. The prize is awarded every two years to a early career scientist who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to the field of allergology. The research award is endowed with 20,000 euros.

From left: Henning Løwenstein, Julia Esser-von Bieren, Stephen Durham and Jørgen Nedergaard Larsen. © Claus Boesen/ Media Press

The award was presented and handed out on November 19 by Henning Løwenstein and Stephen Durham - both of whom have themselves made pioneering contributions to the development of allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) - at ALK headquarters in Hørsholm, Denmark.

Watch the award ceremony here

Julia's research is focussed on the mechanisms that drive and regulate type 2 inflammation, e.g. in asthma. Recently, her team could identify mechanisms that drive the inflammatory reprogramming of macrophages in allergic asthma and NSAID-exacerbated respiratory disease.

In addition, the group could characterize and purify an anti-inflammatory helminth protein that regulates lipid mediator pathways and thus allergic airway inflammation: