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The Hannover Unified Biobank (HUB) is part of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA)

May 3th, 2017

Since the 1st of May 2017, eleven German biobank sites have united to the German Biobank Alliance (GBA). This paves the way for a national and Europe-wide bio samples and data exchange between biobanks. The central biobank of the Hannover Medical School, the Hannover Unified Biobank (HUB), is one of the partners in the network. „The German biobanks engage in a ground-breaking common initiative, which provides a basis for a new generation of Europe-wide cross-linked biobanks” explains the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the initiative, Prof. Fay Betsou. The Federal Ministry for education and research (BMBF) funded the biobank alliance with 14.4 Mio Euro until 2020.

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Development and comparison of novel non-invasive methods for analyzing airway inflammation

March 13, 2017

Airway inflammation monitoring, preferably by non-invasive methods, is a crucial step in the safety evaluation of novel drugs. In a research project conducted by the Fraunhofer ITEM Division of Airway Research since February 2017, the respiratory inflammation upon segmental bronchoscopic application of endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) is characterized and compared with the inflammation induced by inhalation challenge with LPS.

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Experimental immunotherapy for advanced cervical cancer is being tested in an open-label phase-I/II study in collaboration with the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Hannover Medical School at the CRC Hannover

February 20, 2017

On January 13, an open-label phase-I/II study on a therapeutic approach in advanced cervical cancer was initiated at the CRC Hannover. The principal investigator is Prof. Peter Hillemanns, cervical cancer expert at the Hannover Medical School and S3 guideline coordinator.

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Start of a phase-I study in the therapeutic area of Tourette’s syndrome

February 13, 2017

On January 18, 2017, a phase-I study in the therapeutic area of Tourette’s syndrome was started. The PI is the internationally renowned Tourette’s expert, Professor Kirsten Müller-Vahl of the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Hannover Medical School (MHH), conducting this study in collaboration with the MHH team for early-phase clinical trials and drug research (Professor Christoph Schindler) at the CRC Hannover.

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New phase-I trial in collaboration with the clinic for Hematology and Hemostaseology initiated at CRC Hannover

November 23, 2016

On October 26, 2016, the Clinic for Hematology and Hemostaseology (PI Prof. Dr. med. A. Tiede) initiated a phase-I trial in collaboration with the study team of the MHH CRC Core Facility (Prof. Dr. med. C. Schindler).

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DZL Annual Meeting 2018

From February 8 to 9, the German Center for Lung Research will hold its Annual Meeting 2018 in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Each year, scientists and junior researchers get together at this meeting to discuss a broad variety of topics related to lung diseases. For this year’s meeting, two Fraunhofer ITEM scientists have been selected to give an oral presentation each: Olaf Holz in the disease area Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Benedikt Jäger in the disease area Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease (DPLD). Furthermore, several scientists of Fraunhofer ITEM have been invited to present their posters among the top ten posters in two disease areas.

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Nationale Lehrkonferenz Epidemiologie am 06. und 07. November 2017

Nationale Lehrkonferenz Epidemiologie


Am 06. und 07. November 2017 findet im CRC Hannover die Nationale Lehrkonferenz der Epidemiologie statt.

Veranstalter ist die AG Lehre in der Epidemiologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie (DGEpi) und Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie e.V. (GMDS).

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BIO International Convention 2017

The BIO International Convention 2017 will take place in San Diego, USA, from June 19 to 22, 2017. The convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, offering key networking and partnering opportunities and insights on major trends affecting industry. Fraunhofer ITEM will present its biotechnology research and services within the joint Fraunhofer booth. Come and meet us there in the German Pavilion, booth 4607.

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ATS International Conference 2017

May 19-24, 2017

This year's annual conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) will be held from May 19-24 in Washington, D.C. (USA). The American Thoracic Society improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Fraunhofer ITEM scientists will present posters on a variety of subjects.

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2nd Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology

April 6-7, 2017

The 2nd Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology, organized by the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance together with the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR, will be held at the CRC Hannover on April 6 and 7, 2017. Online registration is open.

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