Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI


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Honor Conferred: Hasso Plattner Institute Awards Dennis Charney the Title of HPI Fellow

Prof. Dennis Charney was awarded the title of Fellow of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) by HPI Director Prof. Christoph Meinel at the HPI-Mount Sinai Health Forum. Dennis Charney has been Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2007, where he also serves as President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, U.S.A. Charney is professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and pharmacology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York in addition to being an internationally recognized scientist and specialist for biological psychiatry.

It was only in March of this year that Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the Mount Sinai Health System announced the founding of their joint research institute: Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai (HPI.MS) in New York. The goal of the cooperation is to further expand research in the area of digital medicine and to advance the development of digital health applications for improved health care.

HPI director Prof. Christoph Meinel presented the Fellowship medal to Prof. Charney during the 2019 HPI-Mount Sinai Digital Health Forum on Thursday afternoon in Potsdam. Meinel thanked Charney for his engagement and valuable support in the founding of the HPI.MS joint research institute in New York. The unique cooperation is already starting to bear fruit, said Meinel; just a few months after its founding, the new Institute successfully launched first research projects in the areas of cardiovascular medicine, prevention and neuropsychiatric diseases.

In addition to Prof. Charney, thirteen other prominent personalities have been named HPI Fellows. They include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and past EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, the two “fathers of the Internet” Bob Kahn and Vinton Cerf, as well as former Minister Presidents of Brandenburg Manfred Stolpe and Matthias Platzeck.

Further information can be found at: http://hpi.de/das-hpi/personen/hpi-fellows-und-gaeste.html.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

Profile of the Hasso Plattner Institute

Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany’s university excellence center for digital engineering (https://hpi.de). With its bachelor‘s and master’s degree programs in “IT Systems Engineering” as well as its master`s degree programs in “Digital Health”, “Data Engineering” and “Cybersecurity” the Faculty of Digital Engineering, established jointly by HPI and the University of Potsdam, offers an especially practical and engineering-oriented study program in computer science that is unique throughout Germany. At present, 600 students are enrolled in the program. HPI consistently earns a top-notch place in the CHE University Ranking. The HPI School of Design Thinking is Europe’s first innovation school for university students. It is based on the Stanford model of the d.school and offers 240 places annually for a supplementary study. At HPI there are currently seventeen professors and over 50 guest professors and lecturers. HPI conducts research noted for its high standard of excellence in its IT topic areas. PhD candidates carry out research at the HPI Research School in Potsdam and its branches in Cape Town, Haifa, Nanjing and at the recently opened office in New York. The focus of HPI’s teaching and research is on the foundations and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems. In addition, HPI concentrates on the development and research of user-oriented innovations for all areas of life.