Ilaria Dorigatti (MedUni Innsbruck) and Konstantin Adrian Klötzer (MedUni Graz) are nominated
Vienna, September 2022: The nominated candidates for the Immunis Sponsorship for Young Science this year are Ilaria Dorigatti, who is investigating the function of the enzyme PEDS1 on the hematopoietic system at the Medical University of Innsbruck, and Konstantin Adrian Klötzer, who is researching the influence of ketogenic diets on kidney diseases at the Medical University of Graz. Both nominated candidates were presented at the annual convention of the ÖGAI in Hannover, the award ceremony is going to take place in Vienna in October.
The Immunis Sponsorship for Young Science was initiated by NGI, the Next Generation Immunologists, and medical products specialist Szabo-Scandic to promote dissertations in the area of immunology, allergology and vaccinology. Both nominated projects were selected by an independent NGI expert panel under the direction of Katja Knapp. Four judges assessed all applications and evaluated them on six different categories. “The decision was not easy as the quality of the work was very high. With Ilaria Dorigatti and Konstantin Adrian Klötzer however, two worthy candidates could prevail,” Katja Knapp reports from the jury meeting. The nominated projects were presented at the ÖGAI annual convention in Hannover, the award ceremony is going to take place on the 10th of October in Vienna.
Nominated for the Immunis: Ilaria Dorigatti from the Medical University of Innsbruck
Ilaria Dorigatti started her dissertation in April 2022 at the Medical University of Innsbruck and is investigating the role of the enzyme plasmanylethanolamine desaturase (PEDS1) on the immune system at the Institute for Biological Chemistry in the group of Katrin Watschinger. The research interest of the 26-year-old biologist and PhD student lies in the function of plasmalogens in pathologies caused by disorders of the ether lipid metabolism. The Immunis nomination is a major recognition: “The Immunis is an incentive for early-stage researchers to enter the field and a prestigious recognition for projects and ideas, which could inspire other young scientists.”
Nominated for the Immunis: Konstantin Adrian Klötzer from the Medical University of Graz
Konstantin Adrian Klötzer submitted his research project about the influence of ketogenic diets on kidney diseases to Immunis. The 27-year-old Doctor of Human Medicine has been working on his PhD thesis at the University Clinic for Internal Medicine (Department of Nephrology) at the Medical University of Graz since October 2020. He investigates if a very carbohydrate deprived, but rich in fat “ketogenic” diet has a positive effect on the course of inflamed kidney diseases, also known as glomerulonephritis. Klötzer applied for the Immunis because the research award “enables young scientists to convert their ideas into new knowledge,” emphasizes Klötzer.
Award ceremony on the 10th of October in Vienna
The secret of who won the Immunis and who won the recognition prize is going to be revealed at the award ceremony on the 10th of October in Vienna. If anyone wants to join: the video of the nominated projects can be found below. With the inclusion of early-stage researchers in its funding program this year, Szabo-Scandic now supports four dissertations.