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Promotion Prize in Veterinary Medicine of the Kurt Alten Foundation

The author of an outstanding PhD thesis which was prepared within a PhD program of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation and led to a successful conclusion of the PhD program should be honored with the award donated by the Kurt Alten Foundation.

The Foundation

The Kurt Alten Foundation is a charitable institution which has the aim of sustainable promotion of talented and motivated young people in all aspects of society. The founder is an entrepreneur from Wennigsen in the region Hannover whose company Alten Gerätebau GmbH has become the European market leader in ramp loading technology. After he left the company, he was particularly interested in the promotion of young people. This award should help to increase the attractiveness of the PhD program which has been offered at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover since 1998.

The Award Winners


Dr. Florian Lange

Cognitive flexibility and its alterations in neurodegenerative diseases



Dr. Fandan Meng

The effect of bacterial co-infection on the infection of well-differentiated porcine respiratory epithelial cells by swine influenza viruses



Dr. Nadine Krüger

Interaction of bat-derived paramyxoviruses with chiropteran and non-chiropteran cells: Functional characterization of the African henipavirus and bat-derived



Sarah Wendlandt, PhD

Comparative molecular analysis of Staphylococcus aureus from intensive livestock farming with emphasis on LA-MRSA of poultry origin


Janet Hauschild-Quintern, PhD

Targeted genetic modification of the porcine genome using zinc-finger nucleases

Dr. Olga Baron

Role of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) during development of mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra in mice


Marc Dilly, PhD

Expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors (TIMBs) in bovine placental cells in vivo and in vitro


Dr. Millon Adane Tegenge, PhD

Nitric Oxide Mediated Signal Transduction in Networks of Human Model Neurons


Dr. Katherina Goris

Interaktion des respiratorischen Synzytialvirus mit primären Lungenepithelzellen


Dr. Ingo Gerhauser

The role of Immediate Early Genes in the central nervous system of susceptible and resistant mouse strains during Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis


Geovana Brenner Michael, PhD

Phenotypic and molecular studies of the relatedness and the antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella enterica subps. enterica serovars Agona and Derby isolated from swine in Southern Brazil


Ilse D. Jacobsen, PhD

Molecular mechanismen of the adaptation of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae to the porcine respiratory tract


Christina Strube, PhD

Differential gene transcription of hypobiosis induced and not induced third-stage larvae of Dictyocaulus viviparus


Nina Baltes, PhD

The role of iron in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae infection: Identification and in vivo characterization of virulence-associated genes

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