Virtual Events

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This year, we will offer seven digital real-time lectures given by DZL-Senior Scientists who will talk about current research topics. Each lecture will be chaired by one senior DZL scientist and one DZL Academy Fellow.

Preliminary Program


During the virtual Meet-the-Expert event, leading scientists are going to talk about their professional achievements and career paths. Afterwards, the chat-function will allow Academy Fellows to pose questions directly with regard to scientific topic and career path choices. For the upcoming sessions, the focus will be on getting to know the chairman of the DZL and members of the DZL Scientific Advisory Board.

Preliminary Program


EVENTS - DIGITAL LECTURES - 4:45 - 6:00 pm

21.10.2020 - Registration

Lung regeneration and stem cell research
Dr. Ruth Olmer &  Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Martin

Leibniz-Forschungslabor für Biotechnologie und künstliche Organe, MHH (BREATH)

Chaired by:

Prof. Dr. Susanne Herold (UGMLC) / Carola Voss (CPC-M)

The lecture will discuss progenitor cell populations present in the adult lung and their role in lung regeneration and disease. Furthermore, insights from stem cell research towards generation of respiratory (progenitor) cells from pluripotent stem cells as model for lung diseases and potential therapeutic strategies will be presented.

28.10.2020 - Registration

Dr. Sébastien Boutin

Medical Microbiology, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg (TLRC)

Chaired by:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Michael Schloter (CPC-M) / Joni Lund (ARCN)

The lecture will inform about the core concept of the human microbiome. Sébastien Boutin will explore methods used to study and analyze the microbiome, including models of ecology and evolution and specific modes of adaptation of the lung microbiome. A “state-of-the-art” review will be presented on the impact of the microbiome on acute and chronic lung disease.

18.11.2020 - Registration

Machine Learning
Dr. Damian Gola

Institut für Med. Biom. & Statistik, Lübeck (ARCN)

Chaired by:

Dr. Malte Lücken (CPC-M) /Victoria Palm (TLRC)

More and more data are collected in all areas of healthcare and medicine in the form of omics information, imaging and electronic health records. To sharpen the phycician’s picture of the individual patient based on these data requires powerful algorithms and data handling techniques. This lecture will give an intuitive introduction to the most common machine learning algorithms used today, using acute and chronic lung diseases as examples.

25.11.2020 - Registration

Transgenerational mouse model
Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

Research Center Borstel (ARCN)

Chaired by:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Plass (TLRC) /
Joschka Hey (TLRC)


The risk to develop lung disesease is often estalished in early life and maybe even preconceptionally but the underlying mechanisms are insufficiently understood. This lecture will summarize experimental research in the field and discuss pros and cons of different animal models in inter- and transgenerational research.

16.12.2020 - Registration

Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

Research Center Borstel (ARCN)

Chaired by:
Dr. Önder Yilderim (CPC-M) / Jan Fuge (BREATH)


E-cigarettes are heavily advertised as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes and are further described as an aid to support smoking cessation. This marketing strategy also targets highly vulnerable populations such as adolescents and pregnant women with so far unknown effects on their offspring. The lecture summarizes current research on the effects of e-cigarettes on respiratory health with a focus on adolescents and offspring from vaping parents.



EVENTS - Meet-The-Expert


Prof. Susan Shurin


Prof. Stephen Rennard


Prof. Marlene Rabinovitch




Prof. Rachel Chambers