11 – 15 November 2019

EATRIS, the European infrastructure for translational medicine, is a European consortium connecting academic centres across Europe with the aim to improve academic translational output. As this is only possible with continuous teaching and training, this year EATRIS brought together their experience of their C-COMEND and ENLIGHT-TEN courses on translational research and medicine development to establish the TMex  (Translational Medicine Explained) Winter School.

The highly interactive 5-day face-to-face workshop in Barcelona, Spain, was designed around the translational pipeline with a focus on de-risking projects as well as broadening the perspective from preclinical research to preparing successful market entries. During the course IMTTS researcher Fabian P. Kreutzer advertised his research with a talk, presented the broad picture during the poster session, led his team to victory of the “test tubes to tablets” board game and successfully communicated a company’s position during a simulated TV interview.


10 -12 October 2019

IMTTS researchers Dr. Christian Bär, Anna Meinecke and Fabian P. Kreutzer visited the annual Herztage conference of the German Cardiac Society (DGK) in Berlin. Besides detailed discussions on the latest heart failure trials communicated during the summer, Anna Meinecke and Fabian Kreutzer presented their latest work in the basic science poster sessions.


October 2019

Congratulations for Prof. Thomas Thum reaching the 10 year jubilee at Hannover Medical School!


October 2019

The Clinical Research Group KFO311 was positively evaluated by the DFG and will be funded for another 3 years

The clinical Research Group KFO311 on “Advanced cardiac and pulmonary failure: mechanical unloading and repair” will be funded for a second 3-years funding period. The consortium brings together outstanding scientific and clinical expertise of the participating MHH Departments and Institutes. The overarching aim is to explore the effects of mechanical unloading on local and systemic pathomechanisms in advanced cardiac and pulmonary failure and to improve current and/or develop novel therapeutic strategies. Early translational approach will be evaluated in preclinical and clinical trials. Within the first funding period the IMTTS successfully investigated the long non-coding RNA H19 during unloading and repair of dysfunctional myocardial tissue in mice. In close collaboration with PD Dr. S. Cebotari (Co-PI together with Prof. Thum in KFO311 Project 9) a pig model for cardiac unloading was developed as an valuable large animal model towards clinical translation. Based on our findings in a cardiac hypertrophy mouse model, this pig model will be employed in the second funding period to test inhibition of the long non-coding RNA Meg3 as anti-fibrotic treatment during cardiac hypertrophy and unloading. The DFG funds our subproject with EUR 444,600.

For further information please visit https://www.kfo311.de/home