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Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin        

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin



Project Leader

Professor Stefan D. Anker, MD, PhD Professor Stefan D. Anker, MD, PhD
Coordinator of SICA-HF 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553463 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553951 
E-Mail to Professor Stefan D. Anker, MD, PhD Contact  

Project Staff

Dr. Stephan von Haehling, MD, PhD Dr. Stephan von Haehling, MD, PhD
Scientific Coordinator of SICA-HF 
Phone: +49-(0)30-450 553 506 
Fax: +49-(0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Dr. Stephan von Haehling, MD, PhD Contact  

Professor Wolfram Doehner, MD, PhD Professor Wolfram Doehner, MD, PhD
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 507 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450553 951 
E-Mail to Professor Wolfram Doehner, MD, PhD Contact  

Dr. Anja Sandek, MD Dr. Anja Sandek, MD
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 478 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Dr. Anja Sandek, MD Contact  

Monika Diek, MA Monika Diek, MA
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 407 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Monika Diek, MA Contact  

Nicole Ebner Nicole Ebner
PhD Student 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553578 
E-Mail to Nicole Ebner Contact  

Corinna Denecke Corinna Denecke
Study Nurse 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553025 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553951 
E-Mail to Corinna Denecke Contact  

Matthias Tacke Matthias Tacke
MD Student 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450553625 
E-Mail to Matthias Tacke Contact  

Susann Fülster Susann Fülster
MD Student 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 625 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Susann Fülster Contact  

Dr. Tarek Bekfani Dr. Tarek Bekfani
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 025  
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Dr. Tarek Bekfani Contact  

Dr. Miroslava Valentova Dr. Miroslava Valentova
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 577 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Dr. Miroslava Valentova Contact  

Jennifer Kube Jennifer Kube
MD Student 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 625 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Jennifer Kube Contact  

Lisa Steinbeck Lisa Steinbeck
MD Student 
Phone: +49 (0)30-450 553 625 
Fax: +49 (0)30-450 553 951 
E-Mail to Lisa Steinbeck Contact  

Sebastian Elsner Sebastian Elsner
MD Student 
Phone: +49 (30) 450- 553625 
E-Mail to Sebastian Elsner Contact  

Institute Presentation

The Charité was founded in 1710 as a hospital for patients suffering from plague. Since then, the Charité has become one of the largest university hospitals in Europe with currently more than 3,500 hospital beds on three campuses. More than half of the German awardees of the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology are from the Charité including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch, and Paul Ehrlich.

The Centre for Applied Cachexia Research is part of the Department of Cardiology at the Campus Virchow-Klinikum of the Charité. This campus is located in Berlin-Wedding in the northern part of the city. The Virchow hospital was opened in 1906 later to become part of the Charité Medical School. Our research focus are chronic illnesses that are associated with cachexia, most prominently heart failure, but also cancer and stroke. These illnesses are being investigated using clinical methodologies but also animal models. For example, we perform metabolic studies, biomarker analyses, body composition analyses, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, blood flow assessments and many other clinical investigations.

The lead investigators of SICA-HF, Prof. Stefan D. Anker, Dr. Stephan von Haehling, and Prof. Wolfram Doehner have published extensively in their respective fields and are renowned experts in heart failure research. Stefan D. Anker published the original paper that established cachexia as an independent prognostic factor in heart failure. He is also well-known for his expertise in the field of obesity and insulin resistance in heart failure. Stephan von Haehling is a senior researcher in the field of biomarker research, immune function, and endothelial dysfunction in chronic heart failure. 
Wolfram Doehner is internationally recognised for his work in the field of pathophysiologic studies of metabolic abnormalities. He is a senior scientist and head of the research group on metabolic studies in heart failure.

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