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At the Joint Meeting of the ÖGAI with the DGfI in Hannover, the ÖGAI awards were presented at our General Assembly. See photos in the photo gallery in our Member Area.

The 1st ÖGAI Dissertation Prize (Fritz and Ursula Melchers Prize) went to Eva Gruden (Group Dr. Schicho, Meduni Graz) for her PhD thesis “Investigating novel treatment options to suppress eosinophil effector responses”.

The 2nd dissertation prize went to Lim X.F. Clarice (group Prof. Strobl, Meduni Graz) for her PhD thesis “Role of microRNAs in dendritic cell differentiation and activation”.

The 3rd dissertation prize went to Vktoria Zaderer (group Prof. Wilfingseder, Meduni Innsbruck) for her PhD thesis “Adding new dimensions for an improved integrative understanding of pathogen entry and transmission at mucosal sites”.

We warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Dissertation Awards!


However, the Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology also has the possibility for the year 2023 to award dissertations with scientifically outstanding content in the field of allergology or immunology. The first prize of 1.500,- is sponsored by Ursula and Fritz Melchers and bears the name of the sponsors, it is not divisible. Another prize is awarded by the ÖGAI itself, also with 1.500,-€, this can be divided among a maximum of 3 prize winners.

The award is subject to the following conditions: The submitter must be a member of the Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology. For the application and the prizes, dissertations can be submitted that have a topic in experimental or clinical allergology or immunology and were developed at an Austrian scientific institution. Since the approval of this dissertation at an Austrian or foreign university, no more than 2 years may have passed.

This work must not have been submitted for an award elsewhere, nor have received an award previously. The publication included in a dissertation may not be submitted simultaneously for another prize of the ÖGAI. Resubmissions are not permitted.

The latest submission date is June 30, 2023.

The thesis is to be submitted as an overall pdf document of reduced size including a short CV and proof of approval of the thesis and the institution where the work was carried out to

Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology
c/o Vienna Medical Academy
Alserstrasse 4
1090 Vienna

Dissertations are reviewed by at least 2 independent experts and ranked using a point system. The decision on the awarding of prizes is made by the Board of Directors.

The award will be presented at an ÖGAI meeting in 2022.


For the board:

President of the ÖGAI
Univ. Prof. dr Erika Jensen-Jarolim

Secretary of the ÖGAI
Assoc. Prof.PD. GDR. Eva Untersmayr-Elsenhuber

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