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Alf Wachsmann gets DDN Pioneer Award

Dr Alf Wachsmann, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association, was awarded the „DDN Pioneer Award 2015“. With this prize, the US-based company DDN distinguishes individuals, groups, or institutions „who are embracing leading-edge high performance computing technologies to shatter long-standing technical limits and to accelerate […]

175 gifts for children’s home

“Mission more than accomplished”: Last year, Manuel Hessenberger from the Daumke lab had organized 30 parcels for children living in a children’s home of the Elisabethstift in Pankow. He said that he hoped for a hundred gifts in the following year. Well, it turned out that this year 175 people bought a parcel. If you […]

Watching the ribosome at work

A new statistical method could help to clarify the function of unknown genes. A research team under Uwe Ohler of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) has adapted and tested a filter method from speech signal processing that makes sequencing data more interpretable. First […]

Drug against aggressive leukemia gets approval for Europe

The drug Blincyto (Blinatumomab) has now been approved by the European Medicines Agency. Blinatumomab is used to treat patients with a very aggressive form of blood cancer, and is the result of work carried out at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) over ten years ago. Start-up company Micromet […]

Getting under the skin of allergies

MDC scientists working with colleagues at institutions around the world have published a study in Nature Communications that sheds light on the atopic march, an especially severe form of allergic disease progression. The researchers identified seven genetic risk loci for the atopic march. Prof. Young-Ae Lee wears two hats. As a pediatrician, she offers special […]

1000th MRI study participant at NAKO in Berlin-Buch

The 1000th study participant has completed the one-hour examination in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) belonging to the NAKO Study Center Berlin-Nord on the Berlin-Buch Campus. It’s Michael Cygan from Berlin. This was announced today by Prof. Thoralf Niendorf, head of the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in […]

Insights into the “dark zone”

MDC scientists publish new findings on differentiation and malignant transformation of B lymphocytes. B-cell lymphoma is one of the most common cancers derived from the lymphoid system. Lymphomagenesis is often linked to the so-called germinal center reaction. B lymphocytes represent a subgroup of the white blood cells, whose expansion after infection leads to germinal center formation. […]

Genetic cause of cleft palate

Some children are born with cleft palates and, of those children, some have an asymmetrical face and a malformed ear. A team of scientists led by Berlin-based researcher Enno Klußmann of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) has taken an important step towards discovering the genetic causes of this condition, known as Goldenhar […]

Neurodermatitis genes influence other allergies

There’s a typical “career” for some allergic people, and it starts very early on the skin: babies develop atopic dermatitis, food allergies may follow, then comes asthma and later on hay fever. A group of scientists led by Ingo Marenholz and Young-Ae Lee at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association […]

Helmholtz President visits the MDC

The new president of the Helmholtz Association, Otmar Wiestler, recently visited the MDC as part of his tour to all the Helmholtz Centers in Germany. Prof. Wiestler, a medical doctor and former Director of the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ in Heidelberg, spent the whole day on the Campus in Berlin-Buch and met scientists ranging […]