DKFZ-researcher receives ERC-Grant

Fatty acid from food as a signaling molecule for cell growth

ERC Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) support excellent researchers to help them consolidate their independent careers. Aurelio Teleman from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) recently received a Consolidator Grant, which is already the second prestigious ERC grant that he was able to attract. The grant comprising €2 million will enable Teleman to investigate how a fatty acid from food controls cellular growth as a signaling molecule and may even play a role in the development of cancer.

Meyenburg Prize 2016

Programmable gene scissors revolutionize life sciences

The Meyenburg Prize 2016 endowed with 50,000 Euros goes to the microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. She receives the award for her breakthrough work in developing programmable "gene scissors". With this precision tool, genes can be processed simply and precisely. The Meyenburg Prize will be presented during a symposium at the German Cancer Research Center on Tuesday, 20 December 2016.

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Alina Steinbach receives the Nicola Werner Prize for cancer research

In her doctoral thesis, Alina Steinbach identified a mechanism by which HPV-positive tumor cells manage to escape an attack of the immune system. On Friday 16 December 2016, she received the Nicola Werner Prize for her work. For the 2000 Euro prize money, family and friends of the artist Nicola Werner, who died from HPV-related cancer, pedaled hard in a sponsored cycling marathon- continuing Nicola Werner's mission: to drive preventive work and research into human papillomavirus (HPV) forward.


Using sound and light for navigating inside the body Lena Maier-Hein has been awarded the Emil Salzer Prize

When performing minimally invasive surgery, clinicians need to have imaging information from inside the body for spatial orientation and in order to differentiate malignant tissue from healthy tissue. Novel imaging methods based on sound and light provide additional imaging information that goes far beyond the images that a normal endoscopic camera can provide. Lena Maier-Hein from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) now receives the 2016 Emil Salzer Prize for enhancing these methods.

Drug Innovation in Academia

New paths in drug research

The need for novel drugs has never been greater. Average lifespans are increasing and the demand for new medications against common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and dementia is continuously rising. The discovery of new drugs, once an almost exclusive realm of the pharmaceutical industry, is now increasingly being performed in research institutions. Therefore, the Helmholtz Drug Research Initiative is hosting its first public conference on this topic at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) on December 8 and 9, 2016.


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DKTK Tübingen

€2.5 million for developing a novel cancer immunotherapy

Scientists from the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at Tübingen University Hospital have developed a promising bispecific antibody for use in immunotherapy of prostate cancer and so-called squamous cell carcinoma, which can occur, for example, in the lungs, skin or uterus. The antibody binds to cancer cells as well as immune cells, thus provoking an immune response against the tumor. The Helmholtz Association now provides €2.5 million from its validation fund for the purpose of executing the next steps in the pharmaceutical development of the bispecific antibody.In the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg joins up as a core center in long-term collaborations with university institutes and hospitals all over Germany that are specialized in research and treatment with a focus on oncology.

DKTK Essen /Düsseldorf

Essen Physicians Receive Prize for Best Studies on Carcinogenesis and Cancer Treatment

Two scientists of the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) have received the highest award by the Oncology in Internal Medicine Working Group (AIO) of the German Cancer Society. The physicians Wilfried Eberhardt and Jens Siveke of the medical faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) at the West German Tumor Center (WTZ) of the University Hospital of Essen (UK Essen) are receiving the award for "best scientific publication" and "best clinical study" for their research on lung and pancreatic cancer.

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Hopp Children's Tumor Center at NCT Heidelberg ready to start

Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have founded the Hopp-Kindertumorzentrum at the NCT* Heidelberg, in short: KiTZ, a tumor center for therapy and research in pediatric oncology and hematology. Their aim is to create new diagnostic and therapeutic options to help children with cancer more effectively. The Dietmar Hopp Foundation will support the project with 20 million Euros towards the construction of the new center, as SAP founder and patron Dietmar Hopp announced at a press conference on November 23.

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