The Dissertation Award Pneumology 2021 of the ‚Deutsche Lungenstiftung e.V.‘ went to Dr. Carmela Morrone from the DZL Site Munich. She was awarded for the best experimental work in the overall field of pneumology. The award winners were honored at the 61st Digital Congress of the German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine on June 4, 2021.
Dr. Carmela Morrone received the prize for her dissertation "Cathepsin B, a new player in the progression of Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome". In it, she shows that the cysteine protease cathepsin B plays a crucial role in the progression of the disease - and thus also represents a possible future therapeutic target. This connection is now also being investigated in a DZL-funded clinical study.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BOS) is a common complication after lung transplantation and significantly complicates long-term patient survival.
With her dissertation, Dr. Carmela Morrone successfully completed her studies in October 2020. She was previously a PhD student in the group of Ali Önder Yildirim, Institute Director at the Institute of Lung Biology and Disease / Comprehensive Pneumology Center Munich.
Link to publication: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33303550/
Original publication: https://www.cpc-researchschool.org/news-events/news/news/article/28716/index.html