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Hans-Hench PhD Award for DZD scientist Isabelle Serr

Dr. Isabelle Serr from the Institute for Diabetes Research (IDF) at the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München was awarded the Hans-Hench Doctoral Prize for Clinical Immunology. The award ceremony took place on September 10, 2019 during the annual congress of the German Society of Immunology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie e.V.). Serr investigates the autoimmune process that leads to type 1 diabetes in Prof. Dr. Carolin Daniel's research group Immunotolerance in Diabetes.

Prizewinner Dr. Isabelle Serr with Prof. Hans-Hartmut Peter, Hans-Hench-Stiftung zur Förderung der Rheumatologie, (left) and Prof. Thomas Kamradt, President of the German Society of Immunology. Source: J. Hirscher, DGfI


The scientist receives the 2000 Euro prize for the best dissertation in German-speaking countries in the field of rheumatology with a focus on inflammation research, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. The post-doctoral research focuses on the induction of regulatory T cells in the early stages of type 1 diabetes and aims to restore natural tolerance mechanisms of the immune system.