Schleswig-Holstein Invests in Excellence: Petra Bacher Among Four Distinguished Scientists

Schleswig-Holstein has announced its continued support for cutting-edge medical research at Kiel and Lübeck Universities and the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH). Four outstanding scientists have secured funding in the second round of the Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chair Program (SH-Chairs). Among them is Professor Petra Bacher, professor of immunology and immunogenetics at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel.

The SH-Chairs initiative, part of “Precision Health in Schleswig-Holstein” (PHSH) and initiated by the DFG excellence cluster “Inflammation at Interfaces”, the predecessor program of the current excellence cluster “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation” (PMI), aims to promote and retain exceptional scientists in the region. Each SH-Chair receives 1.2 million euros over six years to support their research endeavors, such as establishing a junior research group and a junior professorship.

Professor Bacher and her colleagues will strengthen the state’s position in inflammation research, particularly within the PMI Excellence Cluster. This program reflects Schleswig-Holstein’s commitment to investing in scientific excellence.

Petra Bacher’s research as Co-project leader in the CATCH ALL clinical research unit aims to uncover how immune tolerance and modulation by external antigens differ in children and adults, affecting anti-tumor immunity. This knowledge will guide the development of strategies to boost anti-tumor immune responses in patients and advance the understanding of human T cell-mediated tumor-immune surveillance for potential therapeutic interventions.

The CATCH ALL clinical research unit extends its heartfelt congratulations to Petra for her selection in the Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chair Program. Petra’s achievement further elevates the standard of excellence in our scientific community at Kiel, fostering further collaborations and advancing cutting-edge science in the field.

Please find the official press release here More information about the PMI cluster can be found here

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