Research funding on lung ageing

3D tissue model to show the environmentally induced aging of the human lung
Mareike Lehmann (left) and group leader Melanie Königshoff

Mareike Lehmann (left) and group leader Melanie Königshoff © Helmholtz Zentrum München


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.