Press and Public Relations

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


Recent Press Releases

No. 35 | 23. June 2017 | by Koh

MRI without contrast agents? Yes, with sugar!

Visualization of brain cancer by conventional contrast agents (left) and by...
© Paech D, et al. T1ρ-weighted dynamic glucose enhanced MRI in the human brain. Radiology (in press). © RSNA

Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), in collaboration with colleagues from Heidelberg University Hospital, have been able to visualize brain cancer using a novel MRI method. They use a simple sugar solution instead of conventional contrast agents, which can have side effects in the body.

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No. 34 | 12. June 2017 | by Koh

How bile duct cancer develops and how it can be prevented

The artistic illustration depicts the role of reactive oxygen species, TNF,...
© Peter von Walter/DKFZ

What promotes the development of bile duct cancer in the liver? Are these factors different from those that are responsible for the much more common hepatocellular carcinomas? Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been the first to uncover the molecular and cellular causes that selectively lead to the development of bile duct cancer in mice. The researchers also discovered that antioxidants or an inhibitor of a specific key enzyme can be used to stop this cancer-promoting process.

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No. 33 | 12. June 2017 | by Rei/Koh

Mysterious gene transcripts after cancer therapy

© Schuster, DKFZ

Drugs that are used in cancer therapy to erase epigenetic alterations in cancer cells simultaneously promote the production of countless mysterious gene transcripts, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) now report in Nature Genetics. The substances activate hidden regulatory elements in DNA. The unusual gene activity has the potential to stimulate the immune system – a previously unnoticed effect that may increase the effect of therapeutic agents.

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