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Margarethe Geiger new member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Physiological Societies

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(Vienna, 16 October 2019) Margarethe Geiger, Head of MedUni Vienna's Division of Vascular Biology and Thrombosis Research was elected onto the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Physiological Societies (umbrella organisation of European physiological societies, FEPS) at its general meeting.

The Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS) was founded in 1991. It is made up of 27 constituent societies.

The FEPS has several goals. These include the promotion and intensification of exchanges and the dissemination of concepts and information between physiologists and physiological societies in the European region. To this end, it promotes joint meetings between member associations. Another of the FEPS' goals is to expand knowledge in the scientific physiological disciplines, by funding and providing suitable mechanisms for physiology training programmes. To this end, it promotes exchanges of PhD students and scientists within Europe and internationally. It also encourages international scientific research projects in Europe.

About Margarethe Geiger
Margarethe Geiger heads up the Institute of Vascular Biology and Thrombosis Research at the Medical University of Vienna and is also Deputy Head of the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology, to which the Institute of Vascular Biology and Thrombosis Research belongs.

Following her medical studies at the University of Vienna, she did her scientific training at Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA), inter alia. She gained her postdoctoral qualification in Medical Physiology in 1989. Since then, she has led a research group conducting basic research in the field of proteolytic enzymes/protease inhibitors. Proteases and protease inhibitors regulate a number of biological processes, such as blood clotting and defence, for example. The main interest of Margarethe Geiger's working group is research into hitherto unknown functions of these systems inside the cell, particularly in the nucleus. She has been awarded several prizes for her scientific work, including the City of Vienna Funding Award and the Lower Austria Recognition Award for Natural Sciences. Margarethe Geiger works as a physiology lecturer on the Human Medicine degree course at the Medical University of Vienna and coordinates the "Vascular Biology" programme on the PhD course.