Grant from European Society for Immunodeficiencies for Verena Häfner

98.000 Euro for research on a genetic immunodeficiency causing chronic lung infections

Junior researcher Verena Häfner, PhD student at ILBD/CPC-M (Stöger Lab), successfully applied for a postdoc fellowship to investigate the Hyper IgE Syndrome (STAT3-HIES). STAT3-HIES is an inborn error of immunity. Patients’ quality of life is especially affected by chronic lung disease. With her project "Understanding lung disease in STAT3-hyper IgE syndrome", she wants to investigate the lung pathophysiology in this disease. And, if possible, answer the subsequent question: What is the best treatment for chronic lung disease in STAT3-HIES?

The project is embedded in the group of Dr. Beate Hagl at HMGU in the research area Translational Immunology in Environmental Medicine (TUM Tenure Track Professorship of Prof. Dr. Ellen Renner) and will be executed in close collaboration with the research group of Dr. Tobias Stöger, ILBD. The funding amount of around 100,000 euros includes a two-year fellowship for Verena Häfner, as well as funding for materials and travel expenses. 

Further information:
The European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) is a scientific society of physicians and scientists who are involved in research and take care of patients with immunodeficiencies. ESID’s main goal is to improve the awareness, diagnosis, treatment and understanding of underlying pathomechanisms. In 2021, ESID provide funding for two fellowships for PhD students or postdoctoral fellows specifically dedicated to research on primary immunodeficiencies (PID).