DZL Disease Area Asthma Retreat in May 2019 in Hanover

New view on the immune system

Impulse contribution with Prof. Viemann


With most babies, the immune system works with only half the strength - and thus allows a variety of bacteria to thrive in the digestive tract, protecting against diabetes, allergies or asthma. The paediatrician Dorothee Viemann has proven this connection. And convinced sceptics with perseverance.

You can find the whole article here on the website of the Volkswagen Foundation.

11th Muko donation run


On August 12, 2018, the 11th Muko donation run for the benefit of the MHH's Guardian Angel House began.
As every year, a running team from the pediatric pneumology department was set up in order to get as many rounds as possible for the good cause!

They were sponsored by Intersport Vosswinkel, the Marienapotheke Hanover, Confido and the company Aposan. A big thank you to all companies!

One of the team members was 3-year-old Henry Wolf, who was successfully lung transplanted at our clinic 1,5 years ago as the youngest patient.

In perfect weather, the "Pulmo team" completed a total of 237 laps of 400 meters, with 14-year-old Jakob Dittrich alone doing fantastic 41 laps.

Many thanks to the great organization of the run and to the team with Christian Dopfer, Alexandra Jablonka and daughter Caroline, Anna-Maria Dittrich, Clara Dittrich, Jakob Dittrich, Sarah Feike, Christiane Berger, Ellen Behrend, Tanja Klösel, Mila Wiedemann, Milo Wiedemann, Henry Wolf, Louis Wolf, Tim Wolf, Levin Wolf 

Dr. Sabine Pirr receives the Adalbert Czerny Prize 2017


The German Society for Child and Youth Medicine (DGKJ) annually awards the Adalbert Czerny Prize worth 10,000€. This prize is intended to honor outstanding scientific achievements in the field of pediatric and adolescent medicine, including its border areas.

We are pleased that the Adalbert Czerny Award will be presented to Dr. Sabine Pirr from the research group of Prof. Dr. Dorothee Viemann at the DGKJ General Assembly on September 22, 2017 in Cologne. Dr. Pirr convinced the jury with her work "S100-induced innate immune program protects newborn infants from sepsis".

Johannes Wenner Prize 2017 awarded to Dr. Happle

(from left to right: Dr. med. PhD Christine Happle, Prof. Dr. G. Hansen, Board member of the German Society for Pediatric Pulmonology)


The Johannes Wenner Research Prize is awarded annually by the German Lung Foundation and the Society for Pediatric Pneumology for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of pediatric pneumology. Johannes Wenner was one of the forefathers of this field, and the prize named after him is endowed with 15,000 €. The aim is to improve the care and treatment of children with lung diseases by supporting scientific, clinical and translational projects. This year, the Johannes Wenner Prize was awarded to Dr. med PhD Christine Happle for her work on "Cell persistence, function and immune modulation by macrophages in the lung".

Dr. Happle is a physician and scientist in the Department of Pediatric Pulmonology at the Hannover Medical School. Her scientific focus is on the development of new therapeutic concepts for rare lung diseases and the cellular basis of immune processes in the lung. Her work on the function and properties of macrophages after cell transfer into the lung is being specifically promoted. The award ceremony took place at the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology in Essen.

Dr. Anika Habener wins poster prize

Dr. Anika Habener (2. from left) with all prize winners


At the 6th annual meeting of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL) in Munich, the young scientist Dr. Anika Habener from the research group of Prof. Gesine Hansen won the poster prize in the Disease Area Asthma and Allergies of the DZL. In a moderated poster session, she presented her project on the role of B-cells in the model of allergic respiratory tract inflammation and was rewarded by the audience with the poster prize of 500 €, which was presented by DZL chairman Prof. Dr. Werner Seeger.

Donation from Sparkasse Hanover in favor of HIV-infected children

Certificate for specialized care - Perinatal center

The fact that the highest quality standards apply in the interaction between obstetrics and neonatology has now been officially confirmed by the independent certification company periZert®. 
The award is the only specialist certification jointly supported by professional associations such as the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG), the German Society for Perinatal Medicine (DGPM) and the German Society for Prenatal and Obstetrics Medicine (DGPGM).

Parents thus receive proof of structured treatment procedures with a high degree of specialization in preterm and risk births, especially at the interface between obstetrics and neonatal intensive care.


Young scientists receive prize from German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine

DGP research prize winner in the Clinical research with former (left) and current DGP president (right) (from left to right: T. Welte, N. Lachmann, C. Happle, B. Jany)

The German Lung Research Center junior scientists Dr. Christine Happle and Dr. Nico Lachmann (Hanover) jointly received the prize from German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine, worth a total of 10.000€, for their outstanding work in clinical research on the topic of  "Gene correction of human induced pluripotent stem cells repairs the cellular phenotype in Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis". 
They are working on a new gene therapy for the rare, congenital and life-threatening lung disease "pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP)", for which no effective treatment exists so far.

Professor Dr. Ulrich Baumann becomes honorary member and receives a 20.000 Euro donation from BE YOUR OWN HERO

For 15 years Professor Dr. Ulrich Baumann has been caring for HIV-positive children in the outpatient clinic of the Clinic for Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology. To "only" provide them with medical care was never enough for him. 

So he became chairman of the "Association for the Support of AIDS-suffering Children" based at the children's clinic, has been tirelessly collecting donations ever since, goes on vacation with the children every year and supports his patients wherever it is urgently needed.

Award of the Johannes Wenner Prize 2016 of the German Lung Foundation to Dr. Anna-Maria Dittrich

The Johannes Wenner Prize, named after the first chair holder for pediatric pneumology in Hanover, went to Hannover again this year.  
At the annual conference of the German Society for Pediatric Pneumology, the 15.000€ prize was awarded to our senior physician Dr. Anna-Maria Dittrich.

Dr. Dittrich received the award for her work on IL-17 and IL-22 producing lymphocytes in cystic fibrosis.

Prof. Dr. Viemann receives immunological grant from BD Biosciences

The winners of the immunology grant from BD Biosciences have been selected. 
3 grants have been awarded in the USA, 4 grants in Europe. 
For Germany, the project of Prof. Dr. Viemann "Illuminating neonatal sepsis as age-specific systemic inflammatory response syndromes playing up between neonatal monocytes and endothelia" won. 

We care for people with rare diseases

The treatment of rare lung diseases - Revolution from the laboratory

The doctors at the Children's Hospital at the MHH specialize in rare lung diseases. Just like with little Irim. Hereditary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis occurs with a probability of 2:1,000,000,000. And the specific genetic defect in Irim was first discovered in 2006. In this disease, the scavenger cells in the lungs, also called macrophages, are defective. They ensure that old cells are removed. If this is no longer the case, death by suffocation is imminent. Irim's illness four years ago was the trigger for the doctors at the MHH to search for a cure. 

The TV report you can see here.

Prof. Hansen becomes a member of the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) ​​​​​​​

Prof. Dr. med. Gesine Hansen is appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) 


FOCUS magazine's topranking of MHH Obstetrics 2014


A combination of high-tech medicine and a baby-friendly feel-good obstetrics system offers pregnant women optimal care.


FRÜHerLEBEN supports parents of premature babies


Support association "FRÜHerLEBEN" founded at the MHH Children's Hospital 


REWE trainees collect donations for ward 61B of the MHH Children's Hospital


At REWE, it has become a tradition for trainees to organize fundraising campaigns and support social projects. This year, trainees from more than 80 stores in and around Hanover joined forces with the MHH plus development foundation. The proceeds from the campaign  will go towards redesigning Station 61B, which will be under the motto "North Sea".

Mukoviszidose e.V. awards Adolf-Windorfer-Prize 2013 to PD Dr. Frauke Stanke

Every two years the Mukoviszidose e.V. awards the Adolf-Windorfer-Prize for outstanding work in the field of research and therapy of cystic fibrosis. The prize is endowed with 5.000€ and this year it is sponsored by the Mukoviszidose Förderverein Ulm e.V. and the Regional Group Lower Franconia of the Mukoviszidose e.V.
For 2013, priority was given to work on applied basic research in the field of cystic fibrosis.


Research project is awarded the Eva Luise Köhler Research Prize

On Rare Diseases Day 2013, Eva Luise Köhler presented the 50.000€ research prize for rare diseases, which is named after her, in the presence of her husband, former German President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler, and the Federal Minister of Health, Daniel Bahr. 
The prize is awarded to a four-member research team at the Hanover Medical School (MHH) headed by Professor Dr. Gesine Hansen and Professor Dr. Thomas Moritz for the development of an innovative approach to gene therapy for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.  

Christiane Herzog Center for Cystic Fibrosis opened

Internists and pediatricians will treat patients under one roof in the future / Improved cystic fibrosis treatment is supported by the Christiane Herzog Foundation

Adolescents and adults affected by the hereditary metabolic disease cystic fibrosis will in future be treated in a joint transition outpatient clinic at the Hanover Medical School (MHH). To this end, the former rooms of the Clinical Research Unit "Molecular Pathology of Cystic Fibrosis" were converted into the new Christiane Herzog Center within three months at a cost of 120,000 euros.  


Christiane Herzog Research Promotion Prize awarded to Dr. Anna Maria Dittrich

Within the scope of the 15th German Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Würzburg, our outpatient clinic employee, Dr. Dittrich, received this year's Christiane-Herzog Research Promotion Prize. 
With 50.000€, the Christiane Herzog Research Promotion Prize is one of the highest endowed awards for young researchers in Germany.
Dr. Dittrich received the prize for her work "Preclinical evaluation of anti-inflammatory therapeutics as a therapeutic approach to respiratory tract inflammation in cystic fibrosis".
The prize money will enable Dr. Dittrich to test different anti-inflammatory drugs in a model over the next two years in order to decide which drugs are particularly suitable for use in patients with cystic fibrosis and should be investigated in clinical studies.


MHH receives 60.000€ donation for children suffering from AIDS


60,000 euros for the work over the next three years: the Chairman of the Board of the association be your own hero e.V. / SAFE HOUSE, Joachim Franz, will hand over the check on Friday, May 7, 2010, to the "Verein zur Unterstützung AIDS-kranker Kinder e.V." at the Hannover Medical School (MHH).
The new Minister of Social Affairs of Lower Saxony, Aygül Özkan, will also be present at the donation handover. The SAFE HOUSE project, which campaigns for better living conditions for HIV-affected children, is one of the donation lines of be your own hero e.V.
The association collects donations in a targeted manner to provide a sheltered and cared for home for children living with the immunodeficiency disease. Together with the project partners Romantik Hotels & Restaurants, the donations received are collected in Germany and abroad and given to unique projects.
The "Verein zur Unterstützung Aids-kranker Kinder e.V." is a union of employees of the HIV outpatient clinic of the MHH and some other employees, and is headed by PD Dr. Ulrich Baumann. The money is intended for joint summer vacations with the HIV-positive children and their families, to which Dr. Baumann and his family invite every year. In the past years, about 80 people have taken part, and the donation enables the association for the first time to plan the summer vacations on a long-term basis.

For further information please contact PD Dr. Ulrich Baumann, Clinic for Pediatric Pneumology and Neonatology
under telephone +49 511 532-3220.

German Lung Foundation awards Johannes Wenner Prize to Professor Michael Kabesch

The German Lung Foundation (DLS) awarded the Johannes Wenner Research Prize worth 15.000€  for the first time. The award winner is Professor Michael Kabesch, Department of Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology at the MHH.
Professor Kabesch was honored for his internationally recognized research on genetics in bronchial asthma. The Johannes Wenner Prize is named after the initiator of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology (GPP). Prof. Wenner was the first chair holder for pediatric pneumology at the Medical University of Hanover.

Poster Award of the 20th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Pediatric Infectiology (DGPI)

Dr. med. Folke Brinkmann has been awarded a poster prize at the 20th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Pediatric Infectiology (DGPI) 19 and 20.04.2012 in Mannheim for her presentation 
"Is asthma an infectious disease? Antibiotic therapy for infants with therapy-resistant bronchial asthma".

Intermediate Care for newborns

Monitored by experts and yet close to the mother

Social Minister Aygül Özkan inaugurates new area in the women's clinic of the MHH .

The Intermediate Care ward is the link between intensive care unit  and normal ward.

Poster Award of the GPP to Pediatric Pneumologists of the MHH

"Two employees of the Clinic for Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology at the MHH received a poster prize at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology (GPP) in Graz on April 2, 2012. Sven Michel for a poster entitled "Unifying Candidate Genes and GWAS Approaches in Asthma", and Solveig Kristin Gleicher for her poster "Role of alveolar macrophages in the development of respiratory tolerance".


International Klosterfrau Research Prize

On the occasion of the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology on March 2, 2012, in Cologne, Dr. Anna-Maria Dittrich from the Clinic for Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology at the Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine of the Hanover Medical School was awarded the 2nd prize of the "International Klosterfrau Award for Research of Airway Diseases in Childhood 2012". Dr. Dittrich receives a research grant in the amount of 20.000 €.
For the first time, she succeeded in demonstrating that inflammation of the airways, which is induced by Th17-polarized T-helper cells alone, can also facilitate sensitization to new antigens and increase the hypersensitivity reaction.