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Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Greinacher


Institute for Immunology and Transfusion Medicine


Professor Andreas Greinacher is head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Institute for Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, University of Greifswald Medical School. The department has over 15 years' research experience in the field of drug-induced autoantibodies (antibodies directed against the body's own structures) and is now recognized throughout the world as a center specializing in the characterization of these autoantibodies. The national and international guidelines on treating patients with drug-induced thrombocytopenia have been drawn up either by the institute's working group itself or with its participation.

Andreas Greinacher also chairs the scientific committee on thrombocyte immunoly of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis and, since 2004, has held a guest professorship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.


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Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Felix

Internal Medicine Clinic B (Cardiology)


Over the past 10 years, the cardiology working group led by Professor Stephan Felix has carried out basic research and clinical study of the pathological mechanisms causing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The group showed, for the first time, that patients with DCM produce cardiodepressant antibodies (subtype IgG3) which damage the heart muscle cells and thus interfere with the pumping function of the heart. Internal Medicine Clinic B at the University of Greifswald was the first centre to successfully use immune adsorption therapeutically to treat patients with DCM. This involved separating out antibodies directed against heart muscle cells and removing them from the blood.


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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane A. Helm

Institute of Physics

Professor Christiane Helm leads the "Soft Material" working group at the Institute of Physics. Over the past 7 years, she and her team have carried out research in the field of biophysics relating to the self-organization of lipids in membranes and of macromolecules in supramolecular complexes. Their aim in this work is to understand and control the hierarchy of inter- and intra-molecular interactions. The structure of the aggregates is determined on different length scales using X-ray and neutron techniques and imaging methods (optical microscopy, force microscopy). The method of studying thin layers by means of X-ray reflection and bending was developed for this purpose in collaboration with Professor H. M√∂hwald and Professor J. Als-Nielsen's team, and has since been used by many research groups. In 1990, Christiane Helm was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prize for this work.

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Weitschies


Institute of Pharmacy


Professor Werner Weitschies is head of Biopharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology at the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Greifswald. Alongside the optimization of oral drug treatment, the main focus of his work is upon developing new processes for medical diagnosis and physical therapy based on magnetic nanoparticles.  This includes the  development and application of magneto-optical measurement processes to detect immunological binding reactions and the use of superparamagnetic probes in molecular imaging.


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