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FraukeFrauke von Versen-Höynck

Current Job

  • Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn, Division of Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany
  • Head of Research Group Molecular Perinatology

Education & Training

  • MD from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 2001
  • Doctoral degree (Dr. med.), Humboldt University, Berlin, 2003
  • Residency in Ob/Gyn at the University Hospitals in Aachen (2001-2005) and Hannover (2009-2012), Germany
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh, USA working on preeclampsia pathophysiology (2005-2009)
  • MSc in Clinical Research from University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2009
  • Habilitation (2nd, doctoral degree/PhD), Hannover Medical School, 2010
  • Fellowship in Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at Hannover Medical School, 2012-2014
  • Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (2014-2018) working on preeclampsia risk and pregnancy outcomes after infertility

Research Activity

  • Established research group Molecular Perinatology at Hannover Medical School with focus on pregnancy complication preeclampsia
  • Research interest in impact of assisted reproduction on maternal and offspring health

Honors & Recognitions

  • 2003       Research Award, Niederrheinisch-Westfälische Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
  • 2004       Young Investigators Research Award, RWTH Aachen University
  • 2005       Research Fellowship Award, RWTH Aachen University
  • 2006       Scios Travel Award, North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • 2006       Irene McLenahan Young Investigator’s Research Fund Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2007       Paul M. Rike, M.D., Fellowship Award, Magee Womens Research Institute and Foundation
  • 2008       Research Fellowship Award, German Research Foundation
  • 2013       Presentation Award of the Northern German Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2013       Poster Award of the Northern German Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2013       Presentation Award of the German Association for Pregnancy Hypertension and Preeclampsia
  • 2015       Heisenberg Fellowship Award of the German Research Foundation

Prof. Frauke von Versen-Höynck, MSc is an Associate Prof. and physician-scientist board-certified in Germany in Obstetrics & Gynecology with a sub-specialization and board-certification in Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine. She graduated from Humboldt University in Berlin as a M.D. in 2001 and obtained her doctoral degree in fetal membrane research in 2003.She started her residency training in Ob/Gyn at the University hospital in Aachen. During a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh she was heavily involved in preeclampsia research and afterwards established a research group with focus on preeclampsia pathophysiology in Hannover, Germany. Projects examine the role of vitamin D and the effect of hypoxic conditions on placental development. Another focus is on the role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in pregnancy and pregnancy complications. She finished residency and a fellowship in Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at Hannover Medical School in 2014. Recently, as a Visiting Associate Prof. she was involved in a collaborative project at Stanford University, USA looking at the impact of corpus luteum number at conception on pregnancy outcome, preeclampsia risk and maternal vascular health for which she was awarded a prestigious Heisenberg-Fellowship by the German Research Foundation.

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