Currently funded projects


The role of melanin in biofilm and hyphal formation processes of pathogenic melanized-fungi

Institution: Institute of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital Essen, University of Duisburg Essen, Essen
Applicant: Lisa Kirchhoff
EKFS funding line: First Application

Dysregulated NFAT5 in the endometrium could lead to poor vessel development

Role of NFAT5 & impaired endometrial blood vessel development.

Applicant: Dr. Madhuri S. Salker
Institution: University Hospital Tübingen, Women’s Health Research Institute
EKFS funding line: first application

Overview of research focus. The direct and indirect crosstalk between HDL and chemokines/chemokine-receptors

Targeting immune-lipid crosstalk in cardio-metabolic diseases: focus on HDL dependent regulation of chemokine-receptor signaling

Institution: Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research (IMCAR)
University clinic RWTH Aachen
Applicant: Emiel van der Vorst
EKFS funding line: first application

The adverse effects of extended ischemic storage times, for instance, can be alleviated by a short period of subsequent hypothermic oxygenated machine perfusion.

Controlled rewarming as novel end-ischemic therapy for cold stored liver grafts (CORNET)

Institution: University Hospital Essen
Applicant: Thomas Minor
EKFS funding line: key project

Else Kröner-Promotionskolleg JSAM: Promotion of young medical scientists in ageing medicine

Graduate School “Else Kröner-Promotionskolleg – Jena School for Ageing Medicine (JSAM)”

Institution: Universitätsklinikum Jena (UKJ)
Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Otto W. Witte
EKFS funding line: Else Kröner-Promotionskolleg

Students of the 5th year of the KlinStrucMed program at the Hanover Medical


Institution: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Applicants: Prof. Markus Cornberg, MD und Prof. Karin Weissenborn, MD (2. Round)
Prof. Heiner Wedemeyer, MD (1. Round)
EKFS funding line: Else Kröner-Promotionskolleg

EKFB scholar Dr. med. Gun-Soo Hong performs fluorescence microscopic imaging of immune cells participating in the formation of postoperative abdominal adhesions.

Congenital immunity and chronic organ dysfunction

Institution: University Hospital Bonn
Applicants: Prof. Dr. med. Jörg C. Kalff, Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Hartmann
EKFS funding line: Else Kröner-Forschungskolleg

Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health

Promotionskolleg Global Health Heidelberg - Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health

Institution: Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Heidelberg University
EKFS funding line: Else Kröner-Promotionskolleg

Graphical overview of expected targets of Calca-derived peptides in the fracture callus.

Investigation of Calca-encoded peptides to model divergent mechanisms governing bone regeneration

Institution: Department of Trauma, Hand, and Reconstructive Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Applicant: Johannes Keller
EKFS funding line: first application

Neutrophil extracellular traps (NET) interact with smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Confocal immunofluorescence image showing smooth muscle cell membrane (phalloidin, red), DNA (DAPI, white) and Histone H4 (green).

Elucidating the interaction of Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and smooth muscle cells during atherosclerotic plaque destabilization.

Institution: Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention (IPEK, LMU)
Applicant: Carlos Silvestre-Roig
EKFS funding line: first application