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European Vaccination Initiative: TRANSVAC Launch Call for trainings in vaccinology

On June 7, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on European Vaccination Initiative: TRANSVAC Launch Call for trainings in vaccinology

The first call for training modules has been launched, the deadline for application is 1 July 2018. Training scientists in vaccine research and development (R&D) is crucial in order to sustain Europe’s excellence in this field. The TRANSVAC2 Consortium has set up training modules at leading European centers that can…

DKFZ: What is the economic value of a life year?

On June 5, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on DKFZ: What is the economic value of a life year?

Whether or not a medical treatment is added to the catalogue of services covered by a national health care scheme, in many jurisdictions largely depends on the economic assessment of its cost benefit ratio. The so-called “value of a statistical life year” (VSLY) is an important point of reference for…

DKFZ: Breast cancer – Microproteins essential for cancer growth

On June 1, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on DKFZ: Breast cancer – Microproteins essential for cancer growth

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women worldwide. In order to develop new therapies, it is necessary to understand exactly how breast cancer cells function. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have taken an important step in this direction: In tumor tissue from breast…

Heidelberg University: DFG Funding For Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centres

On May 24, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on Heidelberg University: DFG Funding For Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centres

Ruperto Carola succeeds with three consortia in the latest approval round. Heidelberg University succeeded in gaining support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest approval round, receiving funding for three research networks. Two Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) in Heidelberg Medicine, the “Reactive Metabolites as a Cause of Diabetic…

DKFZ/HD Uni Hospital/EMBL: Genetic analysis for certain childhood brain tumors soon a standard-of-care?

On May 14, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on DKFZ/HD Uni Hospital/EMBL: Genetic analysis for certain childhood brain tumors soon a standard-of-care?

An international team of researchers from the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center at the NCT Heidelberg (KiTZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) together with colleagues at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has summarized…

DKFZ: High science distinction for Michael Baumann

On May 9, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on DKFZ: High science distinction for Michael Baumann

At its 100th Annual Meeting, the American Radium Society honored Michael Baumann, Chairman and Scientific Director of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), with the Janeway Gold Medal. The medal, which is awarded for outstanding contributions in cancer therapy, is one of the most prestigious distinctions in radiation oncology. Michael…

BioMed X and Merck extend research collaboration in oncology

On May 8, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on BioMed X and Merck extend research collaboration in oncology

BioMed X announced the start of a new research project in collaboration with Merck at its Innovation Center in Heidelberg. The new team will focus on the identification of novel approaches to exploit tumor-specific RNA splicing alterations for targeted cancer therapy.     Dr. Jan Mauer, who joined the BioMed X…

EMBL – CRISPR: from clipping scissors to word processor

On May 8, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on EMBL – CRISPR: from clipping scissors to word processor

Barcodes are used in a new way in the MAGESTIC platform, adding a new level of precision to CRISPR gene editing. Credit: Kelly Irvine/NIST Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR to snip at DNA is often akin to using scissors to edit a newspaper article. You can cut out words, but it’s…

Affimed Introduces ROCK™ Platform for Tailored Immune Cell Engagers

On May 4, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Affimed Introduces ROCK™ Platform for Tailored Immune Cell Engagers

Affimed N.V., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing highly targeted cancer immunotherapies, today announced the official launch of its Redirected Optimized Cell Killing (ROCK™) platform. Based on the company’s long-standing expertise in drug development and protein engineering, the ROCK™ platform enables the generation of both NK…

EMBL: Protein stability and solubility during cell cycle

On May 3, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on EMBL: Protein stability and solubility during cell cycle

  Dividing cell colored in a heat gradient, highlighting the variation in proteins’ thermal stability within and between different cell cycle stages. IMAGE: Aleksandra Krolik / EMBL EMBL scientists uncover large solubility and thermal stability changes of proteins during cell cycle The cell cycle is a highly dynamic process that…