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Cardiopulmonary System (Heart/Lung)


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Werner Seeger
Deputy speaker: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Grimminger

Focus Area abstract

Since about 1985, diseases of the lung and heart have been researched at JLU, and innovative therapies have been developed on the basis of excellent basic research. In cooperation with the University of Frankfurt and the Max Planck Institute of Heart and Lung Research, JLU is an international leader in both lung and cardiovascular research, which is reflected in excellent publications, new therapeutic methods and the novel, joint, permanent institute of the three partners.

Disciplines involved

Cardiology and cardiovascular physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary vascular research, genetics and epigenetics, lung development, pharmacology, hypoxia and redox signaling pathways, altitude effects, emphysema, cellular signaling and mitochondria, biochemistry, RNA biology, acute lung injury and critical care, bioinformatics, pulmonary hypertension research/therapeutic options, biobanks

External cooperation partners




Structures and programs to develop early career researchers

  • Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences (GGL), section: Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels
  • Postdoc Career and Mentoring Office (PCMO)
  • UGMLC School
  • Graduate School Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung (MBML)
  • International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)
  • Academy of the Excellence Cluster CPI (CPI Academy)
  • JLU CAREER (Clinician Scientist Program in Biomedical Research)
  • Pregraduate School of Medicine
  • Intradepartmental junior researcher programs of the Faculty of Medicine (FB11)

Main scientific achievements since 2018

Structure-forming elements

  • 2020: The start-up phase of the Institute of Lung Health (federal and state funding) begins.
  • 2019: Funding for EXC 2026 Cardiopulmonary Institute (CPI) as part of the Excellence Strategy begins, including 12 years of prior funding for EXC 147 ECCPS (Excellence Cluster Cardiopulmonary System).

External funding / awards

  • 2020: Successful review and positive funding decision for CRC 1213 Pulmonary Hypertension and Cor pulmonale
  • 2020: Successful acquisition of an EU collaborative program (RARE-ILD) on rare interstitial lung diseases
  • 2019: Successful review and positive funding decision for the Clinical Research Unit Virus-Induced Lung Injury
  • 2018: Successful review and positive funding decision for CRC/TRR 84 Innate Immunity of the Lung (collaboration with Charité Berlin)