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A major step towards digital oncology

New AI infrastructure for cancer research facilitates more complex mathematical models

GCRC 2019

1st German Cancer Research Congress (GCRC)

On 4th and 5th February 2019, the 1st German Cancer Research Congress / 1. Deutsche KrebsForschungsKongress will be held in Heidelberg, to showcase cancer research in Germany.

Vaccination as a therapy

Experimental vaccine against cervical cancer successfully tested in mice

Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have developed an experimental vaccine to fight cervical cancer caused by human papillomaviruses (HPV). This has already been accomplished successfully in mice. Tumors regressed in half of the vaccinated animals. The scientists' goal is to develop a therapeutic vaccine for people who are already suffering from cancer or cancer precursors and, thus, no longer benefit from preventive vaccination.

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"Life Time"

European research for a healthier future

Our body's cells are constantly changing. But which of these changes are healthy developments and which lead to serious diseases? This is what LifeTime, a new transnational and interdisciplinary initiative of leading European researchers, aims to discover. The consortium is jointly coordinated by the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin and the Institut Curie in Paris, with the Helmholtz Association and the CNRS. Scientists from the DKFZ are also involved in the consortium. Life Time has now cleared an important hurdle: The consortium will be given one million euros and one year to develop a plan to embed its vision for a healthier future within the European research and innovation landscape.

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New vaccine strategy against Epstein Barr virus

The Epstein Barr viruses (EBV) are very common and in most cases, an infection causes no harm. However, sometimes the outcome is a serious disease. There is no effective immunization protection against EBV so far, because the pathogen is very difficult to get hold of. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg have now developed a new strategy for developing a vaccine against EBV that will simultaneously prepare the immune system for different stages of the pathogen. In this way, the researchers are convinced to have made major progress towards developing a vaccine against EBV.

COMPASS

The guide to new therapies for children with cancer

Through a targeted combination of molecular and microscopy-based techniques, researchers aim to identify new treatment approaches for children with cancer. The Hopp Children's Cancer Center Heidelberg (KiTZ) coordinates the project, which is funded by the European consortium ERA PerMed with 1.5 million euros and involves scientific institutions from France, the Netherlands, Finland and Hungary in addition to the KiTZ.

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Human blood cells can be directly reprogrammed into neural stem cells

Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the stem cell institute HI-STEM* in Heidelberg have succeeded for the first time in directly reprogramming human blood cells into a previously unknown type of neural stem cell. These induced stem cells are similar to those that occur during the early embryonic development of the central nervous system. They can be modified and multiplied indefinitely in the culture dish and can represent an important basis for the development of regenerative therapies.

State Research Prize

High distinction for stem cell researcher Andreas Trumpp

This year's State Research Prize of Baden-Württemberg awarded for outstanding achievements in applied research goes to Andreas Trumpp from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg Institute for Stem Cell Technology and Experimental Medicine (HI-STEM). Theresia Bauer, State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, presented the award, which carries a monetary prize of €100.000, at a festive ceremony on December 10, 2018.

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Leibniz Prize for Hans-Reimer Rodewald

Hans-Reimer Rodewald from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) has received the 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, which is the most important research funding award in Germany. Rodewald's work focuses on the question of how various types of immune cells develop from stem cells and together form a functioning immune system.

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