With the Helmholtz Validation Fund, the Helmholtz Association supports projects that are particularly promising in translating research findings into viable commercial applications. Among the seven projects chosen for funding this year is a project from the MDC.
The world’s largest study into allergies has shown that the genetic risk factors for atopic dermatitis (eczema), hay fever, and asthma are generally inherited together. The findings of this study by a consortium of researchers, including research groups from the MDC and Charité, have now been published in Nature Genetics.
Nature study shows: Salt reduces lactic acid bacteria in the gut whichs influences immune cells responsible for autoimmune diseases and hypertension. Probiotics ameliorate the symptoms in mice.
What role do genes play in egg, milk, and nut allergies? A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin and mucous membrane barriers and the immune system in the development of food allergies.
The MDC immunologist Professor Klaus Rajewsky has been awarded honorary membership in the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in immune system research. The honor was bestowed on him in Erlangen during the DGfI’s 47th annual meeting.
Biomedical research has long been way ahead of the textbooks, says Genentech Vice President Vishva Dixit. In his MDC Lecture, the researcher talked about his fascination with cell death and what it means for research into sepsis.
B cells require surface molecules called B cell receptors to survive. Most tumor cells that arise from B cells seem to need them as well, but rare exceptions may escape therapies. After 15 years, scientists finally understand why.
Ralph Kettritz’s group discovers a unique mechanism by which white blood cells silence a gene involved in autoimmune diseases.
The signaling molecule interferon gamma is produced by T-cells and it plays a key role in T-cell therapy. It cuts off the blood supply to tumors, as a new study in the journal Nature reveals.
If you were busy working in the lab on late afternoon of March 5th and could not attend the Elena Timoféeff-Ressovsky lecture series, you missed a real treat. The organizer Christiane Nolte and co-host Daniela Panakova hosted Dr. Anne Corcoran from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge UK.