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Alex Farr awarded research funding prize by the Erste Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen AG (First Bank of Austria)

Award for work in the field of gynaecological-obstetric infectiology
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(Vienna, 19 October 2016) Alex Farr, junior doctor at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been awarded the Erste Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen AG research funding prize.

The Erste Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen AG research funding prize has been awarded in recognition for his scientific work in the field of gynaecological-obstetric infectiology, on which subject he has published numerous papers over the last few years (Working Group: Ljubomir Petricevic, Herbert Kiss). His paper "Role of Lactobacillus species in the intermediate vaginal flora in early pregnancy: A retrospective cohort study", which has now earned him the Erste Bank funding prize, was published in the journal Plos One. This work demonstrated that the absence of lactobacilli in the intermediate vaginal flora in early pregnancy significantly increases the risk of premature birth. Like his other works published in the journals Birth, Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand, and BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, this work could well make a decisive and clinically relevant contribution to the care of women in early pregnancy and help to reduce the constantly high premature birth rate.

This is the third award that Alex Farr has received within a very short space of time. Only in September, he was awarded the Andlinger Fellowship of the American Austrian Foundation and the Dr. Rockstroh Foundation for Woman and Child Health Prize of the German Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DGGG).

About Alex Farr
Alex Farr studied medicine at MedUni Vienna with placements abroad in Germany and the USA. He then went on to complete his doctoral studies in Applied Medical Science (N790) at MedUni Vienna. After internships in the Departments of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and MedUni Vienna, as well as a one-year rotation at Kufstein District Hospital, he has now returned as a junior doctor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital. A fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, is in the offing in the coming year. He plans to take his postdoctoral qualification at MedUni Vienna in the near future.