Since 2010, the foundation of former lecturers Dr. Annegret Bruhn and Professor Hans-Dietrich Bruhn has been supporting young talents and medical research at the CAU. Outstanding doctoral theses or other exceptional research achievements and projects by young scientists, physicians, and talented medical students are eligible for an annual award. The foundation sponsors experimental or clinical research in the field of personalized medicine, incorporating new molecular markers or complex molecular investigation methods with potential for translation into clinical medicine.
In November 2023, IKMB early career researcher Dr. Malte Rühlemann was awarded the €40,000 Bruhn Foundation grant for outstanding contributions to medical research by the Bruhn Foundation and the CAU's Medical Faculty. Rühlemann received recognition, particularly for his publication titled "Genome-wide association study in 8,956 German individuals identifies influence of ABO histo-blood groups on gut microbiome" in Nature Genetics. This study revealed previously unknown connections between genetic variations responsible for blood groups and the presence and frequency of specific bacterial species. The genomic regions discovered in this research are considered significant candidates for influencing the interaction with the gut microbiome, potentially playing a fundamental role in the development and treatment of chronic diseases.
Since 2020, Malte Rühlemann has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at IKMB, contributing to the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms" and participating in the Excellence Cluster "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI). His research focuses on the evolution of the human microbiome, especially in the gut, and its role in maintaining health and contributing to disease processes.
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