Prof. Dr. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek has been awarded with an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) on 25th October 2014 for her outstanding achievements in the field of gender medicine. The internist and cardiologist is the Director of the Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM) at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Thus, she has held the only professorship throughout Germany for female-specific health research with a focus on cardiovascular diseases. Prof. Regitz-Zagrosek explores differences and similarities between male and female hearts and the improvement of therapy for both. She is currently coordinating two EU-funded projects: EUGenMed, a roadmap for the implementation of gender in the European Health Research, and RADOX, a project of basic research. She is also the coordinator of the DFG research group on gender differences in myocardial hypertrophy and of the Berlin office of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK). Prof. Regitz-Zagrosek published more than 200 articles in international famous journals and over 30 book chapters so far. She is also the editor of two European standard works on gender medicine and gender drug therapy. Since 2007 Prof. Regitz-Zagrosek has been the founding president of the German Society of Gender Medicine (DGesGM) and the International Society for Gender in Medicine (IGM).

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