Hildegard T. Greinix, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Medical University of Vienna, Austria
I went to the Karl-Franzens University Medical School in Graz, Austria and then finished my fellowship in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology at the University Hospital of Graz, Austria. From 1989 until 1991 I worked as a research fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA in Prof. Rainer Storb’s group. There, I received excellent training in various lab methods and became familiar with experimental transplantation in a large animal model. I enjoyed the stimulating atmosphere within the research center, the lack of hierarchical structures and openness of many research groups and the time dedicated solemnly to research very much. In Seattle, WA I also met for the first time female researchers in senior faculty positions and all of a sudden I had female role models. During my training in Austria I frequently felt insecure especially due to the fact that I did not have female role models available.
In 1992 I received a faculty position at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria in the Department of Internal Medicine I where I am the Head of the Outpatient Clinic of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and of the research programs of the BMT. We perform around 80 stem cell transplants per year and my main research interests are tolerance induction with emphasis on the role of B lymphocytes, phototherapies, and cellular biomarkers for prediction of graft-versus-host disease. We participate in numerous clinical studies and research programs within Europe that give me the opportunity to meet clinicians and researchers from different countries and cultural backgrounds. I am the Head of the Austrian Working Group for Stem Cell Transplantation of the Austrian Society of Hematology and Oncology. I am also a member of the Austrian Transplant Society and thereby cooperate with colleagues from the organ transplant community.
I enjoy sharing my professional and personal experiences with younger colleagues and try to offer them opportunities for contacts to other colleagues both on a national and international level.