How can chronic environmental lung diseases be better researched - and if possible without resorting to animal experiments? Dr. Mareike Lehmann, project manager in the Lung Repair and Regeneration (LRR) department at the DZL site Munich (CPC-M), has come up with an innovative project for this purpose:
She is developing a 3D model that can replace animal experiments. It is intended to map the cellular aging mechanisms in the lung and thus improve research for age-associated lung diseases.
For this forward-looking project, Mareike Lehmann has now received funding from the German “Zentrum zum Schutz von Versuchstieren”.
The sum of 240,000 € over three years will enable her to employ a doctoral student for the project.
Lehmann works in the department of Prof. Dr. Dr. Melanie Königshoff at the CPC-M site of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL). She is investigating chronic environmentally induced lung diseases that mainly affect older patients.