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Press and Public Relations

Press Officer and Head of Press and Public Relations (in ch.)

Dr. Sibylle Kohlstädt

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 422854
Fax: +49 6221 422968

E-Mail: s.kohlstaedt@dkfz.de
or presse@dkfz.de

Recent Press Releases

No. 65 | 11. December 2017 | by Doy

The direct route from A to C

© Fotolia

We use special nerve cells for spatial orientation. The place cells fire whenever we stay in a particular place. The grid cells, on the other hand, measure distances and play a crucial role in "path integration". So much for the theory. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University Hospital Heidelberg have now, for the first time, provided experimental proof of this. For this purpose, they studied mice with defective grid cells. The more grid cells were impaired, the harder it was for the rodents to navigate in space.

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No. 64 | 08. December 2017 | by AM

Immune cells predict therapy response in breast cancer

A section through breast cancer tissue: When immune cells (small dark cells...
© Hannes Hahne / Susan Klaeger / Bernhard Kuster

When immune cells invade the tumor, this is usually considered a good sign because the body's own immune system appears to be responding to the cancer. In the case of certain types of breast cancer immune cells, namely so-called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), these can determine survival rates and predict the usefulness of chemotherapy. This was shown by the largest meta study on TIL content to date, conducted by the scientists of the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with the German Breast Group.
In the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg joins up with certified German university hospitals specialized in oncology.

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No. 64a | 08. December 2017 | by Koh

New German-Greek initiative in cancer research launched

from left to right.: Vasilis Gregoriou, Director of the National Hellenic R...
© ACCC

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) has announced the start of a collaboration with the National Hellenic Research Foundation in order to establish the "Athens Comprehensive Cancer Center". The goal of the new center is to achieve direct improvements in health care for the Greek population. The DKFZ and the Helmholtz Association will support the project through an exchange of experts, consulting, and visiting stays of scientists. The support is also intended to strengthen research based in Europe.

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