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The Members of the University Council

Dr. phil. Josef Lange

Josef Lange studied Theology, History and Political Sciences at the universities of Münster and Regensburg. After serving at the University of Bayreuth (1974 – 1979), the office of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (1979 – 1984) and the office of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) (1984 – 1990) he served as Secretary General of the German Rector’s Conference (HRK) (1990 – 2000). He was State Secretary for Higher Education and Research in Berlin (2000 – 2001), Head of Division “Coordination of Ministries” in the State Chancellery of Thuringia (2002 – 2003) and State Secretary for Science and Cultural Affairs in Niedersachsen (2003 – 2013). He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen since 2004, of the Board of Pius-Hospital Oldenburg since 2014 and of the Council of German Orthography since 2017. He is member of Hannover Medical School’s University Council since 13 April 2018. On 18 July 2018 Dr. Josef Lange was elected as the new chairman of the University Council.

Deputy Chair: Dr. med. Martina Wenker

Dr. Wenker studied biology and human medicine at the University of Göttingen. After licensing as a physician, she worked in a number of hospitals, first as a resident house physician and then as a senior physician. She is a qualified specialist for internal medicine, pneumology and bronchial medicine, allergiology, and environmental medicine. Since January 2006 she is president of the „Ärztekammer“ of Lower Saxony and since 2011 vicepresident of the „Bundesärztekammer“. She has been member of Hannover Medical School’s University Council since 1 March 2008. In March 2017 she was elected deputy chair of the university council.

Professor Dr. med. Reinhard Dengler

studied medicine in Munich a was postdoc at the physiological institute at the Technische Universität (TU) in Munich before his neurological education. 1986 he passed a Sabbatical at the physiological institute at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. From 1989 to 1992 he was deputy director at the neurological clinic of the University of Bonn and is from that time on director of the clinic for neurology of the MHH. From 1999 to 2004 he left temporarily his function as director of the clinic for neurology to start as full-time member of the presidium responsible for the Division of Patient Care of the MHH. From 2005 to 2013 he was external member of the supervisory board of the university hospital of Halle (Saale). He is member in the main boards of various national and international scientifical societies. He is member of Hannover Medical School’s University Council since 1 September 2014.

Professor Dr. med. Petra Gastmeier

studied medicine in Halle and at the Charité in Berlin. First, she worked at the Institute of Hygiene in Potsdam. After the German reunification, she worked at the hospital Ernst von Bergman in Potsdam. Since 1993 she was research associate/senior physician at the Institute of Hygiene of FU Berlin. In 2000 she accepted a C3-professorship in hospital hygiene at Hannover Medical School. In early 2008 she joined the Charité as director of the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine and has since then been heading the National Reference Centre for the Survellance of Nosocomial Infections. She is a member of Hannover Medical School's University Council since 1 March 2016.

Dr. rer. pol. Sabine Johannsen

Dr. Sabine Johannsen, born in 1954, is State Secretary for Science and Culture of the German State of Lower Saxony since 22 November 2017. Since 27 February 2018, she represents the Ministry of Science and Culture in the University Council. Following her studies in Kiel, obtaining a doctorate degree in economics, Dr. Johannsen worked for the Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein, where she specialized in economic and stra­tegic planning. From 1992 until 2003, she worked for the NORD/LB in Hannover, where she was managing director of the state trust agencies, among other things. Since 2003, until she was appointed as State Secretary, she was a member of the board of the Investitions- und Förderbank Niedersachsen (NBank).

Gerd Koslowski

studied business administration at the University of Augsburg. From 1997 to 2002 he held different positions at various locations of Helios Kliniken GmbH. From 2002 to 2007 he was the (sole) managing director of the clinical centre in Landsberg, as well as founding director of Gesundheit Oberbayern GmbH. From 2007 to 2016 he was commercial director and member of the hospital board University of the hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, as well as managing director of various subisidiaries. After working as a managing director of Sana Klinik Einkauf GmbH, he is the new clinic manager of the Helios Amper-Klinikum Dachau since 2018. Gerd Koslowski has been a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities since 2013. He is a member of Hannover Medical School's University Council since 1 March 2016.

Professor Dr. med. Hans-Georg Kräusslich

studied medicine in Munich. After working as a postdoc at the State University of New York in Storny Brook, he started his own work group on morphogenesis and HIV replication at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg. In 1995 he was appointed professor at the Heinrich Pette Institute in Hamburg, which belongs to the Leibniz Association and he was the institutes director from 1996 to 1999. Since 2000 he is heading the virology department at Heidelberg University Hospital. Furthermore, Hans-Georg Kräusslich is an elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, as well as the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is a member of Hannover Medical School's University Council since 1 March 2016.


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