At the 7th DZL Annual Meeting, Prof. Werner Seeger (Chairman of the German Center for Lung Research [DZL]), welcomed the Heidelberg scientist Prof. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor onto the DZL board of directors. He also thanked Prof. Marcus Mall, the outgoing member of the board of directors, for his long-standing commitment and contributions to the DZL. Marcus Mall accepted the call for the Einstein-Professorship at the Charité and was also appointed Professor of the Berlin Institute of Health.

Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Medical Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Heidelberg University Hospital, has been a principal investigator and founding member of the DZL since its establishment in 2011. He coordinates the DZL Platform Imaging together with Prof. Heinz Fehrenbach and Prof. Matthias Ochs. In February 2018, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor was appointed the new director of the DZL site Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg (TLRC). He will also be acting head of the Department of Translational Pulmonology at Heidelberg University Hospital until a successor for Marcus Mall has been appointed.

Marcus Mall is now medical director of the Clinic for Pediatric Pulmonology and Immunology, including intensive medicine and pediatric A&E at the Charité –Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. Marcus Mall will continue his fruitful cooperation with the DZL.