Celia Martinez-Jimenez elected to intercontinental collaboration network

The Interstellar Initiative launched jointly by of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) recognizes the world’s most promising Early Career Investigators, providing crucial incentives and a tangible platform to connect with peers from related but distinct disciplines, addressing global societal challenges. Dr. Celia Martinez-Jimenez, PrincipaI Investigator at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus (HPC), has been competitively selected to take part in the Interstellar Initiative 2020 – 2021 that is focusing on major challenges in the area of Healthy Longevity.


Asia, America and Europe - Interstellar connects innovation across Continents

To foster truly innovative collaborations, selected researchers are matched to project partners, forming interdisciplinary and intercontinental teams that receive expert guidance from leading senior scientists, serving as mentors/advisors throughout the program. A first workshop for introduction and scientific alignment took place in September 2020. Celia Martinez-Jimenez (Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, Munich) will work together with Ayako Nakamura-Ishizu (Tokyo Women's Medical University) and Weiqiang Chen (New York University) to translate mutual scientific specialties into a competitive research proposal. The generous financial support from AMED enables all Interstellar-Initiative teams to prepare for another workshop in February 2021, to contextualize and accelerate their grant-proposals for submission to globally reputed agencies, such as the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore or the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The best team(s) will be awarded a non-monetary prize at the end of the Interstellar Initiative.


The Interstellar Initiative aligns ‚Young Stars of Science to Tackle the World’s Most Critical Medical Challenges‘. Initiated and supported by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the New York Academy of Sciences, Interstellar aims to increase international and interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists early in their independent careers to catalyze scientific advancement.

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus is an innovation campus with a startup culture at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. HPC stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that makes a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. HPC aspires the values of Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer.