The William G. Kerckhoff Foundation
For more than 80 years, the William G. Kerckhoff Foundation has supported young scientists with their research into new therapeutic methods for the heart and lung. Through selected sponsorship of research and development, the Kerckhoff Foundation has made it possible for particularly young scientific talent to experiment and to make advances in the dimensions of fundamental research, thereby guaranteeing the development and testing of newer and excellent therapeutic approaches and technologies.

With the aim to clarify the concept of health, the Kerckhoff Foundation organises public tours through the institution’s historical buildings and the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research. The descriptive yet simple presentation of complex processes e.g. in molecular biology, genetic therapy and stem-cell research brings, for above all children, the fascination of scientific research and creates an early appreciation of the possibilities for the avoidance of heart and lung illnesses. Regular symposiums and technical congresses further complete the scientific offerings of the foundation and the institute.

The William G. Kerckhoff Foundation was founded by Louise E. Kerckhoff, widow of the of German origin businessman William G. Kerckhoff from Los Angeles. As a thankful patient of the Hessian public bath Bad Nauheim he decided within his lifetime to found an institution to provide for the advancement of medics after their university studies in the field of heart illnesses and diseases. After Kerckhoff’s death in 1929 his widow realised his wishes.

The in 1931 founded William G. Kerckhoff Heart Research Institute was affiliated 20 years later with the "Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V." and in 1972 finally integrated as "Max Planck Institute for Psychological and Clinical Research, W. G. Kerckhoff Institute". The capital of the William G. Kerckhoff Foundation flows essentially in the institutions and operations of the in 2005 new oriented and founded current Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research as well as in scholarships for young scientists.
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