The Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research Curiosity-Driven Basic Research to Fight Cardio-Pulmonary Diseases
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The Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HLR) is an institute of the Max Planck Society (MPS), Germany’s most successful research organization. The MPS is a research institution mainly sponsored by the federal and local state governments. The MPS runs 78 institutes at various locations in Germany and abroad and has an annual budget of 1.6 billion €. The different institutes belong to the Chemistry, Physics, and Technology (32 institutes), Biology and Medicine (27 institutes), or the Humanities (19 institutes) sections. Together with its predecessor institution, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, researchers of the MPS have received no fewer than 33 Nobel prizes in different research areas. This success has been possible because of a simple principle, defined by Adolph von Harnack, the first president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, >100 years ago: recruit the world’s leading researchers, let them freely define their research subjects with minimum interference by the leadership, and give them the best working conditions possible.
About 12 years ago, the MPI-HLR was restructured, gaining its new focus on the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Since then, basic cardiopulmonary research is the dominant theme at the MPI-HLR, following Max Planck’s motto “Insight must precede application.” Numerous groundbreaking discoveries were made in the past decade, which had an enormous impact on the research community.
New Institute With a Long and Rich Scientific History
The MPI-HLR was originally founded in 1929 by the initiative of Prof Franz Groedel (1881–1951) and William G. Kerckhoff (1856–1929), a successful German American industrialist and science patron. Prof Franz Groedel, who served as the institute’s first director until his death in New York City, was a renown German Cardiologist, a world authority in cardiac radiology, and a pioneer in electrocardiography. Prof Groedel managed to establish a cardiovascular research institute that was unmatched by anything in the United States or Europe at the time. …