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Awards and Grants

ATS Conference 2014: 2 awards, 1 lecture, 12 posters!

This year, the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference (ATS) took place in San Diego, US on May 16 – May 21. The ATS conference is one of the leading scientific meetings in the field of respiratory medicine attended by clinicians, researchers as well as patient advocates. The results presented there are thought to significantly influence pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine worldwide.

Award 2014 of the René Baumgart-Stiftung

We sincerely congratulate our colleague Dr. Gabor Kovacs who won the award “Forschungspreis 2014 der René Baumgart-Stiftung”. This award is given for scientific studies in the field of pulmonary hypertension. This year it was awarded on March 27th in the frame of the 55th Congress of the German Society for Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine in Bremen, Germany. Dr. Gabor Kovacs was acclaimed for his excellent work about “Zero reference level for right heart catheterization.”

MIUA 2013: Best Paper Award & Bursary Award

We proudly announce that our colleague MICHAEL HELMBERGER won the Best Paper Award on the Conference “MIUA 2013: Medical Image Understanding and Analysis”. The title of his paper and oral presentation is: “Tortuosity of pulmonary vessels correlates with pulmonary hypertension”.

Furthermore, he and four other conference participants won the Bursary Award which leads to the reimbursement of the conference fee -- Congratulations!

Our First Patent in 2012

One of the main research foci of our institute is to establish a suitable method for a non-invasive and early assessment of pulmonary hypertension (PH). In 2012, Dr. ZOLTÁN BÁLINT, Prof. Dr. HORST OLSCHEWSKI, Dr. GABOR KOVACS and DI MICHAEL PIENN concentrated their investigations on the cardiac output which is an important diagnostic and prognostic factor in the haemodynamic evaluation of patients with PH.

Takeda ATS Travel Award 2013

The Austrian Society for Pneumology (ÖPG), supported by the company Takeda, has announced four ATS travel grants (EUR 3.000.-each) for the participation in the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia, US in May 2013.

Our colleague VALENTINA BIASIN successfully applied for this grant and won the pize for her poster. -- Congratulations!

Short Term Fellowship 2012 & Poster Preis

The Austrian Society for Pneumology (ÖPG) had announced three „Short Term Fellowships“ (EUR 5000.- each) provided by the companies Böhringer Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline. The fellowships should enable the winners to learn a new scientific technique abroad and then establish it in Austria. Here our colleague Dr. VASILE FORIS successfully applied for this fellowship with the topic “Isolation and characterization of circulating endothelial cells and endothelial progenitor cells in pulmonary hypertension“. So he could visit the Descartes University Paris. In France, his supervisor Dr. David Smadja showed him how to isolate circulating mature endothelial cells.