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BIH at Charité Newsletter
No 10/2021 | December Issue

Dear Readers,

As a modern research institute, the BIH is committed to having a gender and diversity sensitive organizational structure. As a key building block towards this goal, we have decided to establish gender parity on all supervisory bodies that advise and support the Board of Directors. This also applies to elected bodies – we are thus setting an example that is being watched with considerable interest by other research institutions. We have just successfully completed the elections for the Section Management posts and the Extended Board of Directors, so that women and men can play an equal role in continuing to make the BIH a successful research institute for medical translation. We are very pleased about this. More information about the elections, and especially about who was elected, can be found in the current newsletter. 

During the upcoming holiday season, we wish you and your families a few quiet moments together so that you can leave the worries and stresses of the past weeks and months behind. Have a good break and a healthy start to the New Year. 

With best wishes,
Christopher Baum and Michael Frieser


News From the BIH

Graphic: How blood and leukemia cells develop

How Blood and Leukemia Cells Develop

Scientists from the BIH and the MDC, together with colleagues from Heidelberg and Barcelona, have traced the development of blood cells in detail: They combined methods used to analyze gene activity within the cell with those used to detect protein molecules on the cell surface. This enabled them to simultaneously capture information on thousands of individual cells from blood and bone marrow and thus clearly identify the different developmental stages of the various cell types. The scientists have now published their findings, which are important for the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers, in the journal Nature Immunology.

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Improved Patient Care Through Innovations From Israel

The International Health-Tech Pilot Program promotes forward-looking healthcare solutions from Israel. Now, the first collaboration agreements between Israeli start-up companies, Charité, the BIH and the Israel Innovation Authority have been successfully concluded. The collaboration of the start-ups with their clinical partners will start in early 2022. The Authority is already planning a second call for proposals to support international collaboration projects in the field of medical translation.

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How Proteins Cause Diseases

In a study undertaken in more than 10,000 individuals, and published in Nature Communications, scientists have shown that integrating information derived from different technologies to measure proteins can identify otherwise hidden links between proteins and human health and disease. The international research team led by scientists from the BIH and from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge provides a detailed view on how hundreds of plasma proteins are linked to hundreds of diseases and measures of health, showing that in several cases it might rather be the structure of a protein rather than its blood concentration that may mediate the effect.

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Ralph Knöll and Jeanette Erdmann

BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research 2021

Jeanette Erdmann of the Universität zu Lübeck and Ralph Knöll of Karolinska Institutet and Astra Zeneca in Stockholm are the recipients of this year’s BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research of the BIH. Together with their project partners at the BIH, Dr. Teresa Gerhardt and Dr. Elisabeth Strässler of the Department of Cardiology at Charité on Campus Benjamin Franklin, and Professor Sophie Van Linthout and Professor Carsten Tschöpe of the BIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (BCRT), they are investigating the genetic causes of cardiac insufficiency, myocardial infarction, and coronary artery problems in women and men. With the award, which comes with a prize of 25,000 euros per project, the BIH supports medical research projects that take into account gender differences.

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Gender Parity Achieved in BIH Elections

In late November 2021, elections for the Section Management posts, the Extended Board of Directors and the Women’s Election Committee took place. The BIH has enshrined in its statute that a gender parity distribution of voting rights also applies to positions that are filled through institutional elections. This means that at the BIH, the composition of both the Section Management posts and the Extended Board of Directors will reflect gender parity. This ensures that women and men have an equal say in important decisions. By enshrining gender parity at the structural level, the BIH is setting an example that is being watched with considerable interest by other research institutions.

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Preparation BIH Faculty Retreat 2022

In December and January 2021, BIH scientists will jointly shape the strategic priorities for the years 2022–2027 in four workshops. The plans will subsequently be presented to the BIH Scientific Advisory Board at the next BIH Faculty Retreat on 24 and 25 February 2022 to get an external advice for further refinements. 

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BIH Advent Calendar

Until 24 December 2021, we are presenting special women on the BIH Twitter and BIH Instagram account who have shaped science beyond the city limits of Berlin or are still decisively advancing research. Our showcase journey started on 1 December. Take a look!

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Portrait of Kirsten Kübler

Kirsten Kübler Researches the Origins of Cancer

Dr. Kirsten Kübler, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded the Johanna Quandt Professorship for Early Cancer Development and Prevention at the BIH. She wants to use bioinformatic and experimental methods to better understand the early development of cancer in order to be able to intervene and prevent it in the long term. Kirsten Kübler is the recipient of one of four new Johanna Quandt Professorships, which Stiftung Charité established and funded this year at the BIH as part of its Johanna Quandt Private Excellence Initiative. This is the second time that Stiftung Charité and the BIH have held an international open-topic call for Johanna Quandt Professorships. Kirsten Kübler started her work at BIH on 1 November  2021.

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Portrait Renè Hägerling

One Million Euros for Histology in 3D

Scientists at the BIH around René Hägerling and Charité have developed an automatable method for the histological examination of three-dimensional tissue preparations. Their idea could revolutionize microscopic tissue examinations and ease the burden on pathologists. The three founders of the project 3D-HistoPATH have now won a grant of over one million euros from the EXIST Transfer of Research aid program run by the German economics ministry. This will enable the scientists to develop their prototype into an end-to-end histopathology platform over the next two years.

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Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research

The Einstein Foundation Berlin has presented the inaugural Einstein Foundation Berlin Award for Promoting Quality in Research on 24 November 2021. A prestigious, interdisciplinary jury selected the American physicist Paul Ginsparg, founder of the open source preprint server, and the Center for Open Science as winners. The ManyBabies5 project, led by a team at Princeton University that is planning a study on developmental psychology in around 120 laboratories worldwide, received the Early Career Prize. The Einstein Foundation Award office is headed by the Founding Director of the BIH QUEST Center at the BIH, Professor Ulrich Dirnagl.

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Portrait of Arne Kienzle

Junior Clinician Scientist Wins Scholarship and Einstein Kickbox

Arne Kienzle, MD, fellow of the BIH Charité Junior Clinician Scientist Program and physician at the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery at Charité, was awarded this year's prize at the German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (DKOU) 2021. The prize money amounts to 10.000 euros. In addition, Dr. Kienzle received an "Einstein Kickbox - Young Scientist Grant" for his research project regarding the use of monoclonal antibodies in septic surgery. The funding amount for this amounts to 5.000 euros. Congratulations!
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DHA-funded Project Wins Health-i Trophy

We congratulate MyaLink, funded by the BIH Digital Health Accelerator (DHA), on winning the first prize of the Health-i-Award of the Handelsblatt and the Techniker Krankenkasse. The young team around Dr. Sophie Lehnerer and Dr. Maike Krause from Charité wants to connect patients with rare diseases and specialists via a digital platform.

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News From the BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIH)

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Recruitment of New (Junior) (Digital) Clinician Scientists Completed

In a two-stage selection process of the Call 2021_II, a total of 31 new fellows were selected for the BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program. In total, 13 candidates qualified for the BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) and ten candidates for the BIH Charité Junior Clinician Scientist Program (JCSP). In addition, six candidates were accepted for the Digital Clinician Scientist Program (DCSP) and two candidates for the Junior Digital Clinician Scientist Program (JDCSP). As part of the 2021_II Call, a new (pre)selection procedure was piloted in which applications from women and men were evaluated separately. In particular, a gratifyingly large number of women were accepted for the (J)CSP (48% in total). The new fellows are expected to start their fellowships on 1 January 2022. Welcome aboard to all of them!

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News From the BIH QUEST Center

BIH QUEST Center Develops Charité Metrics Dashboard

The BIH QUEST Center has developed a dashboard that provides an up-to-date overview of the status quo (as well as the progress) of various metrics of trustworthy and useful research at Charité and BIH. Examples of metrics shown are open sharing of data and analysis code in Charité publications and publication rates of clinical trials."

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News From Charité BIH Innovation (CBI)

Tanja Rosenmund (SPARK-BIH) and Tim Huse (BIH DHA) presenting

SPARK-BIH and DHA at the Danish State Visit at Charité

As innovation drivers at Charité and BIH, the enabler programs SPARK-BIH and the BIH Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) from Charite BIH Innovation presented their programs during the state visit of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik at Charité in November 2021 to the danish delegation and networked with some of the leading life science actors from the Nordic country.

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Event Review

Harry Hemingway

BIH Lecture With Professor Harry Hemingway

On 26 November 2021, Professor Harry Hemingway, (Research Director HDR UK | Director UCL Institute of Health Informatics | Charité Guest Professor), spoke about the systematic interrogation of data for the benefit of healthcare systems across the world. In his lecture Hemingway presented opportunities and challenges in developing a prognostic atlas for clinical medicine.

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First Charité Flagship Program for the Berlin Leadership Academy Completed

On 3 December 2021, the third and last workshop of the Charité Flagshipprogram for the Berlin Leadership Academy took place within the framework of Berlin University Alliance (BUA). The BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) has designed and implemented the new leadership program entitled "Effective and efficient decision making – lead confidently in challenging situations". Twelve professors from the BUA partners explored various aspects of decision-making from sole decision-making to participatory decision-making to personnel decision-making. In 2022, the Charité Flagship program will be offered again. 

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BIH QUEST Workshop on Uploading Results Onto EudraCT

BIH QUEST Workshop on Uploading Results Onto EudraCT

On 9 November 2021, a workshop on uploading the results of their clinical trials onto EudraCT, organized by the BIH QUEST Center was attended by more than 180 participants from more than 20 countries. The lectures of speakers Britta Lang (KKS-Netzwerk e.V.), Nick Devito (University of Oxford), Francesca Scotti (European Medicines Agency) and Birgit Whitman (University of Birmingham) were followed by a Q&A session that gave the participants the opportunity to directly talk to several experienced registry managers and the speakers. Further workshops are planned for early 2022. The topics will be based on a poll amongst the participants of the workshop. In addition, the creation of a European network for trial managers is in planning. 

Presentations and videos of the workshop
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I4H Pitch Day

The I4H program was designed by SPARK-BIH and funded by the Stiftung Charité, to enhance the development of breakthrough medical innovations and help create a new generation of inventors. On the final I4H Pitch Day on 13 December 2021, the I4H teams presented how their ideas developed through the program and receive valuable feedback and network opportunities.

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Berlin Science Slam

On 9 December 2021 SPARK-BIH, MDC and Bayer hosted the first joint Berlin Science Slam and strengthened the local collaboration with pitches and the exchange for young scientists.

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Due to the current situation regarding Sars-CoV-2/COVID-19 almost all BIH events will be implemented by using online tools, as noted in the event calender

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Open Calls

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BIH Visiting Professors 2022

With the BIH Visiting Professors, Stiftung Charité supportes guest stays of several months of leading scientists from abroad or from other locations in Germany at Charité, the BIH and the MDC in order to give important impulses for the academic landscape and the innovation ecosystem in Berlin by sharing their experience, knowledge, and scientific and technological ideas. Stiftung Charité supports Visiting Professors with funds from its Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt. The application deadline is 15 March 2022, 11:59 CET.

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Team Management of Funds

Anna Heyne

Since mid-November 2021, Anna Heyne has been supporting the team Management of Funds as a clerk. She studied Public and Nonprofit Management and gained experience in third-party funding management (EU office) during her studies. After her studies, Anna Heyne was employed at the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit).

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