Dr. Lena Seifert

The Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research is awarded to the general surgeon Dr. med. Lena Seifert. With prize money totalling 210,000 euros, the Jung Foundation is supporting Seifert's project of developing new immunological approaches for better treatment options for pancreatic cancer over a period of three years.

The graduate doctor started her medical specialist training in the field of visceral surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in 2010. After three years she moved to New York to complete her postdoc studies in the lab of Professor George Miller at the NYU School of Medicine. During this time, she received grants from the American Liver Foundation and the German Research Society DFG. Since July 2015, she has been employed as a assistant doctor and research associate in the Department of General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of the Technical University of Dresden.

"I see the future of cancer treatment as one individualised therapy", the 33-year-old emerging scientist explained, for whom medicine should always focus on the patient. Positive and tolerant people are role models for her. She finds in her family and friends a particular inspiration in this regard and is at her happiest when she, together with her husband, spends her spare time with them.

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Brain drain

The Jung Foundation is actively committed to combating the ‘brain drain,’ i.e. the tendency for highly qualified people to move abroad.

In 2017 the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award, which is worth 210,000 euros, honoured Dr. med. Lena Seifert from the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of the Technical University of Dresden.

Read more about the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research here.