“As a professional society, it has always been important to us to promote and advance hypertension research with scientific prizes,” explains Professor Bernhard Krämer, Chairman of the Board of the Deutsche Hochdruckliga.
This year, Ralf Dechend and Dominik N. Müller were awarded the Franz Gross Science Prize, the highest prize of the German Hypertension Society. They are both leaders of the group "Hypertension-mediated Endorgan Damage" at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), a joint institution of the Max Delbrück Center and Charité. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of high-pressure research.
The main focus of the Dechend and Müller research group is on the renin-angiotensin system, the immune system and how the two systems influence blood pressure-related organ damage. The society describes the group's new findings as "groundbreaking" and cites and pre-eclampsia as examples, as well as the connection between .
At its 42nd Scientific Congress in Berlin, the Deutsche Hochdruckliga honoured other physicians and young researchers whose work has made an important contribution to the understanding of hypertension-related secondary diseases.