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Max Planck Institut für Herz- und Lungenforschung

International Max Planck Research School

Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is Germany's most successful research organization. No fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists. More than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work, many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.

Max Planck Institutes are built up solely around the world's leading researchers. They themselves define their research subjects and are given the best working conditions, as well as free reign in selecting their staff.

Currently 82 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements.

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Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HLR) study the structure and workings of the heart, blood vessels and lungs. Among other things, their findings are intended to contribute to a better understanding of diseases in these organs and in developing possible treatments. The scientists, for example, examine how cells in the heart, blood vessel or lung tissue communicate with each other, and which signal molecules influence their function. They also study how function can be restored to damaged tissue. Stem cells – in other words precursor cells that can grow into specialised heart, blood vessel or lung cells – are therefore another important field of research for the Institute.

Directors at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research and their Research Focus:
  • Didier Stainier: Developmental Genetics
  • Stefan Offermanns: Pharmacology
  • Thomas Braun: Cardiac Development and Remodelling
  • Werner Seeger: Lung Development and Remodelling

Independent Research Groups and their Research Focus:
  • Benno Jungblut: Developmental Cardiogenetics and Signal Transduction
  • Gergana Dobreva: Origin of Cardiac Cell Lineages
  • Guillermo Barreto: Lung Cancer Epigenetics
  • Masanori Nakayam: Laboratory for Cell Polarity and Organogenesis
  • Michael Potente: Angiogenesis & Metabolism Laboratory

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International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS)

The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) have become an essential part in the translational education of Ph.D. students. Talented junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions.

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Max Planck Institut für Herz- und Lungenforschung
International Max Planck Research School
Ludwigstraße 43
61231 Bad Nauheim
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