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European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology 2 (2012) 4, p. 259
DOI: 10.1556/EuJMI.2.2012.4.1


It is a great honor for us to dedicate our current special issue on Tuberculosis to Professor Helmut Hahn.
Professor Hahn recently organized the sixth scientific symposium of the Koch–Metschnikow-Forum on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day on March 20 and 21, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The symposium focused on the evaluation of the achievements in Tuberculosis control four years after the ‘Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis’. The symposium was
followed by a festive session to honor Professor Hahn.s 75th birthday. Various speakers provided scientific contributions to this special issue based on their presentations at the symposium.

Professor Hahn finished medical school in Freiburg, Germany in 1964. After receiving his medical degree, Professor Hahn worked as a postdoctoral scientist and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, USA from 1964 to 1969. Thereafter, Professor Hahn received a scholarship from the German research association (DFG) to carry out sophisticated projects in the field of innate immunity at Trudeau Institute in New York, USA between 1969 and 1971. Following
this productive period Professor Hahn returned to Germany in 1971 and finished his habilitation in medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Mainz, Germany in 1974. Professor Hahn received an associate professor position at Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany in 1975 and was announced full professor and director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infectious Medicine at Free University of Berlin, Germany in 1977. Professor Hahn was the head of
this prestigious institute until 2005 and contributed to more than 150 scientific articles in high ranked journals, 85 doctoral theses and 7 habilitations. He is an exceptionally motivating leader and a passionate, respected university teacher. Furthermore, Professor Hahn is the chief editor of the ‘Medical Microbiology’ book, which is one of the most appreciated standard textbooks for biomedical students in German speaking Europe. Currently, Professor Hahn is a Professor
Emeritus, and he is still highly active in the scientific community.

Currently, Professor Hahn is the head of the ‘Berlin Medical Society’ and the initiator and an active board member of the ‘Berlin Microbiology Society’. Furthermore, Professor Hahn is the founder and head of the Koch–Metschnikow-Forum, the German–Russian science organization, which works on preventive measures for Tuberculosis. Additionally, he is working with several scientific institutions worldwide, and in 2005 he gained an honorable Professor title from the
Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary. Professor Hahn is not only an exceptional scientist, remarkable university instructor, acknowledged director and enthusiastic
president of several institutions and organizations, but also a very motivating and supportive supervisor. He has successfully guided several young, talented scientists from all over the world and enabled them to achieve their scientific career dreams. For all of his students and young scientists, he provided enormous support and encouraged them to reach a bright scientific career.
We are deeply grateful for Professor Hahn's extraordinary scientific accomplishments, outstanding leadership and exceptional guidance!

Happy 75th Birthday Professor Hahn!

Ildiko Rita Dunay and Markus M. Heimesaat

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