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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
NO. 03 / 2020 | Issue April

Dear Readers,

What a life! The BIH of course also caught the corona crisis, the hallways and offices in the office building on the banks of the Spree are orphaned, the employees practice in new digital video and audio meeting formats and all events until 20 July 2020 are called off. All events? No: We did not want to bury our only recently launched BIH lecture series "Frontiers in Translational Medicine", in which we present representatives and examples of translational research, without a sound. And so last Friday we ventured an online version, in which Professor Georg Duda spoke from his desk about his exciting insights into translation in regenerative medicine, Professor Ulrich Dirnagl moderated from his laptop and a whopping 150 participants watched and listened! A big thank you to Patricia Ebel, who organized the first BIH online lecture, held the threads together in the background and moderated the questions. If you couldn't be there, you can watch the lecture here.

Kind regards from the home office,
Your BIH Newsletter Team
 

News from the BIH

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Digital Clinician Scientist Develops Corona App (CovApp)

A smooth clinical process is important to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Alexander Thieme from the Charité Clinic for Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy is a fellow of the BIH Charité Digital Clinician Scientist Program funded by the DFG. On the basis of software that was originally intended for radiation therapy patients, he developed the "CovApp" for patients with a potential infection with the corona virus. The primary goal is to relieve the health system by allowing patients to determine their personal risk of infection at home. If a laboratory test is necessary, a QR code can be scanned from the patient's smartphone in the Charité, thereby speeding up the anamnesis interview. The software has met with great interest across Germany and the connection to other hospitals is currently being implemented.

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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

Educational Ressources to Make the Best out of the Corona Break

Around the world, many researchers have found themselves in self-isolation, and are unable to continue performing lab-based studies. However, this can be an opportunity to learn and expand professional and scientific horizons. The BIH QUEST Center have created a list of resources to help you make the best of this strange and challenging time, and increase the quality of your research in the future.

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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

Five New Videos about Women Scientists

After the great success of the first 10 portraits about inspiring women scientists from translational medicine, the BIH advisor for equal opportunities, Karin Höhne, commissioned five more films. On display are psychiatrist Olga Geisel, virologist Christine Goffinet, genome computer scientist Birte Kehr, pediatrician and cancer researcher Angelika Eggert, and immunologist Julia Polansky-Biskup.

To the videos
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

CAMARADES: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Animal Studies

Supported by Charité 3R to replace, reduce and refine animal use in research, CAMARADES Berlin is newly established at the BIH QUEST Center. The aim is to support Charité researchers in the systematic review and meta-analysis of animal studies, to help guide translational research and 3R-optimized experimental designs. Contact Sarah McCann.
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

New SPARK-BIH Directors

The SPARK-BIH program supports young inventors with mentoring, financial support and seminars. After five successful years, founding director Craig Garner handed over to his successors PD Dr. med. Karoline Krause and Prof. Franz Theuring, both are scientists at the Charité.

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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

Clinician Scientist Fellows Elected to Charité Supervisory Board

Dr. Paul Ritschl from the surgical department of Charité, Fellow from the BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program and Junior Clinician Scientist Dr. Florian Fleckenstein from the Clinic for Radiology were both elected as members of the Supervisory Board of the Charité. This is not only a great success for both of them personally, but also for the Clinician Scientist Program! The Fellows, as Assistant Doctors and Clinician Scientists, can now bring an important and necessary voice to this high body – congratulations to both of them for this great success!

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Award for SPARK Stanford

SPARK Stanford has received the 2020 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award from "Cures Within Reach".

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Events

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We regret to inform you that most of our events have been canceled until 20 July, including the popular Entrepreneurship Summit (see below). The BIH Lecture Series, on the other hand, will continue to take place online, with the next date expected to be 15 May 2020.
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CANCELED: Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit 2020

We are sorry to inform that due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), we have to cancel this year's Charité BIH Entrepeneurship Summit, 11 and 12 May 2020. We hope to welcome everyone next year to the next Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit on 10 and 11 May 2021.

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Event Review

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The REWARD | EQUATOR Conference 2020

On 20-22 February 2020 the BIH QUEST Center and the Charité hosted the REWARD | EQUATOR Conference 2020 in Berlin. The theme of this international conference, which was held for the 3rd time, was ‘Sharing Strategies for Research Improvement’.

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Calls for Application

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Application Deadline Extended for All Clinician Scientist Programs

The BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) and the Medical Faculty of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have extended the application deadline for the BIH Charité (Junior) Clinician Scientist Program and the (Junior) Digital Clinician Scientist Program in light of the current developments on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. The new deadline for all four calls is now 12 May 2020 (2 pm).

To the calls for application
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

BIH Digital Health Accelerator Call 2020 Extended

Due to the current situation, the BIH has extended the application deadline for the BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program until 5 May 2020. Apply here if you would like to receive dedicated support to turn your innovative ideas into a digital health solution for patients. Up to 1 million Euro in funding, leave from work, a special coworking space and expert mentoring await. Bring your idea from the laboratory to the bedside! We will be happy to assist!

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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

CALL: BIH Gender Equality Fund 2020

Young scientists (postdocs, (junior) clinician scientists, junior professors and junior research group leaders) from the BIH's joint research area (BIH, Charité, MDC) with a translational research project can apply for the BIH Gender Equality Fund 2020 until 30 April 2020 for up to 10,000 Euro. More information can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Höhne.

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Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter

CALL: Inventors for Health (I4H) Program 2020

Through the ‘Inventors for Health’ program (I4H), Stiftung Charité offers an open call for ideas from individuals or small teams with ideas in the life sciences and healthcare ecosystems. This program focuses on developing breakthrough ideas by developing the individual behind the idea to become true health entrepreneurs. The inventors for health program is open to persons of all career levels and targets individuals who are clinically active.

To the Call