The content of the research performed by the individual institutions and clinics is determined in large measure by the individual specializations of those institutions’ directors. As a result, it is clearly possible to provide targeted support for individual profile lines, and innovative assistance for collaborative projects, through the appointment of specific professors. This means that appropriate selection and successful recruitment of leading figures in the most important fields of veterinary medical research are important to our department.
In 2007 and 2008, the department appointed new professors whose specific research profiles will make a significant contribution to the long-term direction of veterinary medicine in Berlin:
Prof. Dr. Uwe Rösler (Institute of Animal and Environmental Hygiene; subject area: Disinfectants, Aerosols, Hormone Degradation)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Lischer (Equine Clinic: Surgery and Radiology; subject area: Orthopaedics and Surgery)
Prof. Dr. Johannes Handler (Equine Clinic: Surgery and Radiology; subject area: Reproduction)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Alter (Institute of Food Hygiene; main research: Food Microbiology)
Prof. Dr. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna (Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine; main research: Helminthology)
The research projects within the Department of Veterinary Medicine clearly indicates the multidisciplinary and interlinked nature of our research activities. The department’s inclusion in major networks both now and in the future provides excellent evidence of the national and international expertise cultivated at the individual institutions within the department.
In addition, department members and researchers at the department are active in a variety of ways on both German and international commissions. Particularly important examples include participation in major EU bodies (e.g., as experts for the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA), leadership roles in national and international technical companies and associations, and involvement in professional representation bodies and boards of veterinary medicine. Experts from the department place their knowledge at the disposal of outside bodies in high-exposure situations on an international level, thereby contributing to raising the future profile of the research conducted by the veterinary medicine institutions in Berlin in global scientific networks.