Triple ERC success for DKFZ junior researchers

On August 15, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Triple ERC success for DKFZ junior researchers

The European Research Council (ERC) awards Starting Grants to support excellent young scientists when they are starting an independent science career. In this year’s round of proposals, three scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have been chosen at once for the prestigious award: Ana Banito, Fabian Erdel and…

DKFZ: Combined imaging provides more information about the tumor

On August 13, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on DKFZ: Combined imaging provides more information about the tumor

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) has installed the world’s first combined device combining a 9.4 Tesla high-field MRI with a PET scanner. In combination, the two imaging methods provide significantly more information about tumors. © S. Kegel/DKFZ A variety of imaging procedures provide insights into the body’s interior. Each…

DKFZ: Mechanism of action of a diabetes drug differs between males and females

On July 11, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on DKFZ: Mechanism of action of a diabetes drug differs between males and females

Most diabetes medications do not attack the cause of the disease. Glitazones are different: they improve insulin sensitivity and can promote the conversion of unhealthy white adipose tissue into fat-burning beige adipocytes. However, due to their side effects, they are hardly used. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center are…

DKFZ: Brain cancer – Typical mutation in cancer cells stifles immune response

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The exchange of a single amino acid building block in a metabolic enzyme can lead to cancer. In addition, it can impair the immune system, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the University Hospitals in Mannheim and Heidelberg, and the German Cancer Consortium now report. It thus blocks…

DKFZ: 14 new breast cancer risk genes discovered

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Many genetic markers associated with the familial breast cancer risk are outside the protein-coding regions of the genome and are likely to regulate the activity of neighboring genes. In a large international network, in which numerous DKFZ researchers were also involved, scientists have now combined genome-wide association studies with an…

DKFZ / Malaria: Cooperating antibodies enhance immune response

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Malaria is one of the most inflicting infectious diseases worldwide. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, and from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, have studied how the human immune system combats malaria infections. In this study, the researchers discovered a previously…

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

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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

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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…

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

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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

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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…