The German Heart Foundation, together with the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases (DGPR), has awarded the Kurt and Erika Palm Foundation Science Prize for the fifth time in 2022. The prize money amounts to 10,000 euros and is divided among the first place winner with 6,000 euros, the second place winner with 3,000 euros and the third place winner with 1,000 euros.
The award is aimed at research work in the field of prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerosis, preferably from a patient-oriented research area.
Julia Remmele from the Clinic for Congenital Heart Defects and Pediatric Cardiology at the German Heart Center Munich achieved second place this year. The PhD student at the Chair of Preventive Pediatrics of Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz was awarded for her publication "Endangered? Patients with congenital heart defect during transition - Germany-wide evaluation of medical data from National Register for Congenital Heart Defects (NRCHD)". The paper was published in the journal "Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy" in December 2021.
The study identified adolescents and young adults with congenital heart defects (AHF) aged 15 to 25 years (defined as the transition generation) using the National Registry for Congenital Heart Defects (NRAHF) medical database. Of the 55,687 patients with AHF, 8,834 adolescents and young adults were included in the statistical analyses.
"The paper addresses the major issue of transition, which is fundamentally relevant for chronically ill children, as this is where the greatest difficulties arise in practice to ensure a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care," Remmele explains. "However, we were able to prove with this study, based on national figures, that this is imperative for our patients with congenital heart defects. Only through targeted strategies to overcome this gap in care can preventive approaches be effective or even ensure early detection and thus better intervention options," adds the award winner,
The prizes were awarded at the 48th annual meeting of the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases in Berlin at the end of June.
"The award is of course a great honor for my PhD student Julia Remmele and her work," says Prof. Oberhoffer-Fritz. "In this respect, we from the Chair of Preventive Pediatrics are of course all very pleased that the jury has now recognized her publication with second place."
Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz
Dean Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Chair of Preventive Pediatrics
Georg-Brauchle Ring 60/62
phone: 089 289 24601
Clinic for Congenital Heart Defects and Pediatric Cardiology
German Heart Center Munich
phone: 089 1218 1570
Text: Romy Schwaiger