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    The International Society for Aerosols in Medicine

    Dr. Winfried Möller Obituary

    Dr. Winfried Möller Obituary


    On September 23, 2017, Dr. Winfried Moeller passed away in Munich, Germany, after a long illness. He was an active member of ISAM for many years, his professional “home” community, attending every Congress. He was part of the Helmholtz Zentrum München –German Research Center for Environmental Health (formerly, GSF - Research Center for Radiation and Environment) for his entire career. Born on June 24, 1957, in Weidenau (near Frankfurt/Main, Germany), he received a diploma in applied physics from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, in 1985 and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, in 1991. His career, devoted to translational science, began with training at the Institute of Biophysical Radiation Research (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), finishing his postdoctoral fellowship in 1995. In 1995 he accepted a position as Senior Scientist at the Clinical Cooperation Group Inflammatory Lung Diseases, Gauting/Munich, Germany. In 2008 he joined the Institute of Lung Biology and Disease, part of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center Munich, first in the research group on Dosimetry of Nanoparticles (2008 – 2012) and later Pulmonary Aerosol Delivery (2012 – 2017). He published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters and held several patents. In 1994 he received the Smoluchowski Award awarded by the Association for Aerosol Research (GAeF) as best young scientist.

    He was truly a multidisciplinary investigator, working at the interface between medicine, aerosol science, and biophysics. Using magneto-pneumography and gamma-scintigraphy for particle tracking, he contributed substantially to our understanding of the properties of the cytoskeleton of alveolar macrophages, regional targeting of inhaled particles in the lung and particle clearance from the respiratory tract. Later in his career his research focused on the upper respiratory tract with particular attention to delivery of therapeutic aerosols into poorly ventilated structures like the nasal sinuses and testing applications of high flow ventilation.

    Survived by his wife, two daughters and son he will be sadly missed.

    In recognition of his achievements, his family and friends will dedicate a research award in his name. Facilitated by the AtemWeg Foundation the award will be given to a scientist working in one of Winfried’s fields of interest. The award will be presented at the next ISAM Congress. Donations for the "Winfried Möller Research Prize" are welcome by bank transfer to Stiftung AtemWeg, IBAN (bank/account number) DE 37 7019 0000 0000 6500 64, BIC/SWIFT code GENODEF1 M01,Munich bank in Munich, Germany, or via Credit card (https://www.stiftung-atemweg.de/spenden-helfen/spendenmoeglichkeiten/spenden/index.html). Please use "Winfried" as identification for your transaction. For further information, please email Otmar Schmid.