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Two successful COST BM1201 events at the Research Center Borstel

With the appointment of Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann in October 2014, the Research Center Borstel is now grant holder of COST Action BM1201 ‚Developmental Origins of Chronic Lung Diseases‘(http://www.cost-early-origin-cld.eu/). Recently, two international COST meetings successfully took place at the historical campus of the Research Center. 

Working group 4 meeting: On November 23rd and 24th the working group 4 of the COST Action BM1201, headed by Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann, met in Borstel. Partners from eight different EU countries participated to discuss the topic ‚Inter- and transgenerational animal models – what have we learned‘. Within the two-day meeting the working group members mainly discussed potential underlying molecular signaling pathways and epigenetic mechanisms influencing the early development of chronic lung diseases. In an extensive wrap up discussion, the consortium established several future collaborations, joint reviews and joint activities at upcoming conferences. One major focus was the support of Early Career Investigators by so called ‚Short-Term-Scientific Missions‘. 

COST Winterschool for Early Career Investigators

From Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th of November, the Research Center Borstel hosted the 3rd COST Winter Training School for Early Career Investigators, which was organized by young Postdocs of the Center. The comprehensive programme started with a scientific symposium on ‚Evolutionary Medicine & Development of Respiratory Disease‘ with internationally renowed speakers. Furthermore, the 18 participants from seven different EU Countries got the opportunity to visit the labs and the Lung Clinic in Borstel. A major highlight was the presentation and networking skills training by professional skills Coach Dr. Paul Charlton (www.paulcharltoncoaching.com), which aimed to prepare the young scientists for real-life scientific events. The programme was completed by social evenings and joint dinners to ease interaction between speakers and participants. The final evaluation was excellent and the local organizers Dr. Sabine Bartel and Dr. Karin Uliczka hope to meet everyone again at the next winterschool.

Prof. Cecilie Svanes, MD PhD, at the Centre for International Health at the University of Bergen is a leading scientist in the investigation of transgenerational and life-course perspectives on environmental and lifestyle factors in relation to asthma, allergy and COPD.
She is now leading the program “Transgenerational and preconception risks for allergy and low lung function” within the recently approved Horizon 2020 project “"ALEC" - Ageing Lungs in European Adults”.

Due to her outstandig scientific contributions to the prevention and treatment of lung disease Dirkje Postma Professor of Respiratory Pathophysiology at the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen will be receiving the Trudeau Award on Sunday May 17th at the ATS in  Denver, CO.
Postma enjoys international recognition in the field of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She substantially improved the treatment of asthma early on in her academic career and has an impressive list of international publications. Her articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet have brought enormous prestige to clinical research in her field.
Dirkje Postma has run the Groningen Research Institute (GRIAC) for chronic asthmatic and respiratory disorders, and  participates in major international studies. Seventy-seven researchers have gained their PhDs under her guidance since 1988, with the results of this doctoral work being published in leading periodicals.
Her aim remains to unravel the mechanisms underlying conditions of the respiratory tract. She will continue to dedicate herself to close cooperation with immunologists, biologists, geneticists, doctors of all sorts, proteomic researchers and pathologists

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