Change on the Scientific Commission

Prof. Dr. Christian Reinhardt, a hematologist from Essen, is new at Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung
Prof. Dr. Christian Reinhardt

Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe, January 11, 2023 – Effective January 1st, Professor Dr Christian Reinhardt, the director of the Clinic for Hematology and Stem-Cell Transplantation at Essen University Hospital, has been newly appointed to the Scientific Commission at Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS). He is taking on this capacity as successor to Professor Dr Heike L. Pahl, head of the Department of Internal Medicine I specializing in Hematology, Oncology and Stem-Cell Transplantation at the University Medical Center Freiburg. In future she will be taking over alumni work at the foundation.

“We are glad to have gained a proven medical and scientific expert with the appointment of Professor Dr Reinhardt. His know-how is going to be an enrichment to the Scientific Commission in augmenting knowledge about the causes, diagnosis and therapy of diseases to the benefit of patients as intended by Else Kröner, the founder of our foundation,” explains Dr Dieter Schenk, Chairman of the Foundation Board at Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung. Change within the EKFS Scientific Commission occurs regularly and serves to implement continuity in the commission’s work. The Scientific Commission decides on scientific proposals submitted, makes recommendations on funding to the Foundation Board, and is involved in the development of new funding instruments.

Professor Dr Reinhardt has headed the Clinic for Hematology and Stem-Cell Transplantation at Essen University Hospital since 2020. He became a certified specialist for internal medicine, hematology and oncology in 2015, and was appointed senior physician that same year. Together with his project team he concerns himself with the biology of lung tumors and lymphoma. In the process they utilize innovative models of these diseases on the search for new therapeutic approaches. The focus at the clinic lies on the use of cellular immunotherapies (stem-cell transplantation and CAR T-cell therapies) towards treating hematological neoplasms, malignant diseases of the blood circulation and lymphatic systems.

“I myself have been funded by the foundation in the case of research projects, and the same applies to heading a graduate research study program. I would like to take advantage of these experiences within the scope of my activities on the Scientific Commission, and by doing so support other scientists too,” emphasizes Professor Dr Reinhardt and goes on to add: “To me, EKFS stands for innovative and efficient funding programs, and I would gladly help to develop this further by contributing my own ideas.”

EKFS is particularly pleased that Professor Dr Pahl will continue to assist the foundation in advancing the development of alumni work and integrating this into the foundation’s work.

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