Merz Stiftungsprofessur Prof. Wu and Symposium “Cardiovascular repair and regeneration” 11 - 13 October 2022 - October 2022

The guest of honor at this year’s Friedrich Merz Foundation Visiting Professorship is heart specialist Joseph C. Wu, Professor at Stanford University, USA, and President of the “American Heart Association”.

The Merz Professorship facilitated Lab-visits, Students Lectures, the Award Symposium on “Cardiovascular Repair and Regeneration”, and the Citizen Lecture with Professor Wu and other leading cardiac researchers.

The panel discussion on new developments in cardiovascular medicine focused, among other things, on how stem cells can be used to improve diagnostics and develop targeted, new therapies for heart disease. It also addressed the current status of regenerative therapies and recently developed new drug treatments.

CPI Retreat at MPI-HLR in Bad Nauheim 02 & 03 June 2022
- June 2022

After a long time of online meetings the CPI members finally were able to meet in person again! More than 200 scientists from Gießen, Frankfurt and Bad Nauheim met at the Max-Planck-Institute for the CPI Retreat. Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees for this wonderful day of science.

"German Respiratory Society" (DGP) prize for Marija Gredic
- June 2022

Marija Gredic has been recognized for her work on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide and is caused by air pollution or tobacco smoke. The young scientist Marija Gredic’s work has provided new insights into the development and possible treatment of pulmonary hypertension in COPD, for which she was awarded the 10,000 euro of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP).

Pressemitteilung DGP

Pressemitteilung JLU Gießen

Three ERC Advanced Grants and 7.2 million euro for CPI researcher
- April 2022

Three ERC Advanced Grants for CPI top researchers Stefanie Dimmeler, Ivan Đikić and Andreas Zeiher. A total of 7.2 million € for their high-risk projects aiming towards scientific breakthroughs on remodeling of the ER, aging processes in the heart, and CHIP and valve stenosis

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Otto Warburg Medal 2022 for Stefanie Dimmeler - April 2022

Stefanie Dimmeler has been awarded the Otto Warburg Medal 2022. The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) as well as its cooperation partners, the information analytics company Elsevier and  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) journals, honoured Prof. Dimmeler her pioneering work in the field of cardiovascular disease

With her findings, Prof. Dimmeler has been able to make a fundamental contribution to the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and develop therapeutic approaches aimed at improving cardiovascular regeneration after a heart attack.

Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Prof. Dimmeler and her team have succeeded in using an inhibitor against a non-coding RNA to improve blood flow and strengthen cardiac function. The goal of their various approaches is to develop new cellular and pharmacological therapies to improve the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

—> click here for more information on the webpage of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)

LOEWE-Spitzen-Professur for Prof. Dr. Herold - March 2022

Prof. Dr. Susanne Herold has been awarded a LOEWE-Spitzen-Professur at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU). The LOEWE research funding program of the state of Hesse is providing three million euros over a period of five years to endow her professorship.

More information here




Discover the lab of new CPI Faculty member Lei Gu

The Gu lab at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research combines bioinformatics, epigenomics, cancer biology, fly genetics and mass spectrum to identify and investigate roles of novel epigenetic modifications and their regulating enzymes in aging, development and diseases, and novel mechanisms in transgenerational epigenetics inheritance.

More information on their website

Genome Biologics funded with up to €9.8M by EIC - December 2021

CPI faculty member Jaya Krishnan, co-founder of genome biologics, is honoured to be selected by the European Innovation Council (EIC) to receive up to €9.8M in equity funding to accelerate the development of the company and clinical programs for cardiovascular disease.

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CPI " A day of science" on 9 September 2021 - September 2021

The CPI “A day of science” took place on 9 september 2021 in Frankfurt am Main. Almost 120 CPI members participated and made this a very interesting event with scientific talks, poster session and networking. Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees for this wonderful day of science.

NEW CPI Postdoc and Startup Grant awarded - July 2021

Congratulations to our CPI Postdoc Grant awardees Simone Glaser | FFM, Julian Wagner | FFM, Poonam Sarode | GI, Negah Ahmadvand | GI, Claudio Nardiello | GI, Swathi Veeroju | GI and Lei Wang | BN

Congratulations to our CPI Startup Grant awardees Silvia Mas-Peiro | FFM, Prakash Chelladurai | GI, Chi-Chung Wu | BN, Zhen Jiang | BN

Preisverleihung 87. DGK Jahrestagung 2021 - April 2021

Congratulations! At the 87th annual meeting of the German Society for Cardiology – Heart and Circulatory Research e. V. (DGK) Stefanie Dimmeler received the Paul-Morawitz-Preis and Sofia-Iris Bibli received the Oskar-Lapp-Forschungspreis.

Watch the award ceremony here:

DFG Emmy Noether Grant - April 2021

Emmy Noether Grant

Prof. Sofia-Iris Bibli was awarded the prestigious DFG Emmy Noether Grant to study the role of cystein-metabolism in aging and regeneration of blood vessels.


René Baumgart Research Award 2021- Feburary 2021

Congratulations to Christoph Zehendner and Chanil Valasarjan for receiving the René Baumgart research award 2021 for their TYKRIL publication.

The joint work “Long Noncoding RNA TYKRIL Plays a Role in Pulmonary Hypertension via the p53 mediated Regulation of PDGFRβ” of Christoph Zehendner and Chanil Valasarajan should is the research award winner 2021 of the René Baumgart Foundation.

More information here…



TOP 1% Highly Cited Researchers 2020 - December 2020

Highly Cited Researchers in CPI Faculty

Congratulations to our CPI PIs Ivan Dikic, Stefanie Dimmeler, Christian Hamm and Stefan Offermanns who 2020 again belong the top 1% highly cited researcher.

ERC Consolidator Grant - December 2020

Fantastic News! CPI PI Reinier Boon received an ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate the contribution of non-coding RNAs in aging-related diseases!

The „European Reaserch Council“ (ERC) announced on 9 December 2020 the top researchers that successfully applied for a consolidator grant. ICR group leader Reinier Boon is one them. He will receive funding for 5 years to investigate the role of non-coding RNAs in aging.

Ageing is the most prominent cause of heart failure. The main type of heart failure in the elderly is heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, in which the heart does not properly fill with blood. In the consolidator project, Prof Boon will investigate the contribution of non-coding RNAs in this aging-related disease. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify novel targets to treat aging-induced heart failure.

The ERC Consolidator Grant funding helps mid-career researchers to address frontier research questions, build up their teams & have far-reaching impact. In total 327 top researchers received a ERC consolidator grant funding worth in total €655 million

ESC Gold Medal 2020 - August 2020

In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Stefanie Dimmeler is honored with the gold medal of the European Society for Cardiology. She receives the award for her research work that has contributed to a better understanding of cardiovascular diseases and to the development of new treatment approaches. The gold medal is awarded annually to two or three outstanding cardiologists or cardiovascular researchers worldwide as the highest award of the European Society of Cardiology



Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler. Photo credits: Uwe Dettmar.

NEW CPI Webinar Series - August 2020

Prof. Katja Sträßer elected EMBO Member - July 2020

CPI PI Prof. Katja Sträßer, biochemist from the Justus Liebig University Gießen, has been accepted into the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Find more information here…

European Research Council promotes lung research at the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim - December 2019

Soni Savai Pullamsetti received ERC consolidator grant. More information here and here

Soni Pullamsetti

Dr. Soni Savai Pullamsetti. Photo credits: M.Heil.

Highly cited researchers 2019

Five CPI Faculty members belong the the “highly cited researchers 2019” who published multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Congratulations to Ivan Dikic, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stefan Knapp, Christian Hamm and Stefan Offermanns!

First CPI Symposium - December 2019


The first CPI symposium on “Cellular Heterogeneity in the Cardio-Pulmonary System”, organized by Area 1 leaders, took place on 3 December at the university hospital in Frankfurt am Main. It was a very exciting day with scientific talks, poster sessions of the CPI academy and networking. We thank all speakers and attendees for this wonderful kick-off symposium.

CPI on Twitter - December 2019

The CPI is on Twitter now! You can find us under @CPI_ExStra.