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30/05/2016

Prof. Dr. Michael Brand elected as EMBO Member


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CRTD and BIOTEC research group leader Prof. Dr. Michael Brand, founding director and speaker of the CRTD from 2005 to 2014, was elected as new EMBO Member. The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) elects new members annually in recognition of their excellent contributions to scientific understanding. Their selection is a tribute to their research and achievements. This prestigious honour again demonstrates the high performance and quality of CRTD researchers.  

“I am delighted by the addition of 58 outstanding scientists to our membership. I would like to congratulate them and welcome them to the EMBO community”, says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “By serving the principles of excellence and integrity through their views and actions, they make invaluable contributions to science and society.”  

EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers world-wide, including 84 nobel laureates, that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of EMBO are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

Further information: http://www.embo.org and http://www.crt-dresden.de/research/crtd-core-groups/brand.html


27/05/2016

CRTD, BIOTEC and B CUBE again part of Dresden Long Night of Sciences on June 10, 2016


On June 10 - CRTD, BIOTEC and B CUBE will again present their work at the Dresden Long Night of Sciences. On four levels we will have a varied program (presentations, talks and hands-on activities) from 6 pm - 1 am. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Location: CRTD, Fetscherstraße 105, 01307 Dresden

Program CMCB (CRTD, BIOTEC, B CUBE)

Complete program: http://www.wissenschaftsnacht-dresden.de/programm/


26/05/2016

Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich visited the CRTD


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Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich visited the CRTD on May 25th, 2016 - as it is one of the research centers in Saxony supported by the Excellence Initiative. He wanted to receive a first-hand update on diabetes, retina, and neurodegeneration research. Together with CRTD research group leaders and leading representatives of TU Dresden, he discussed the latest findings in basic medical research and their relevance for future therapies (“translation“).


25/04/2016

CRTD again part of nationwide Girls’Day on April 28, 2016


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The CRTD is again part of the nationwide Girls’Day. The schoolgirls will get to know various occupational profiles and the research done here at the institute. They will moreover perform scientific experiments.

Further information:

Download Flyer

http://www.girls-day.de/aktool/ez/eventvcard.aspx?id=61203&skin=uo


14/04/2016

Strength through synergies - Dresden scientists generate model systems for retinal disease research


Retinal Organoid under the microscope © CRTD

Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) – Cluster of Excellence at the Technische Universität Dresden have created 3D retina tissue derived from stem cells. To generate these so called retina organoids, the researchers developed a novel protocol that is reliable and more efficient than previous methods. Based on these model systems they are planning to investigate eye diseases and potential strategies for treatment. They report on this in the scientific journal “Stem Cell Reports.”

Scientific publication:

„Retinal Organoids from Pluripotent Stem Cells Efficiently Recapitulate Retinogenesis“, Manuela Völkner, Marlen Zschätzsch, Maria Rostovskaya, Rupert W. Overall, Volker Busskamp, Konstantinos Anastassiadis, Mike O. Karl, Stem Cell Reports,

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213671116000825


08/04/2016

The new Grant Office for B CUBE, BIOTEC and CRTD opens its doors


GO Team: Gary Jennings, Maria Begasse, Nambirajan Govindarajan © CRTD

The Grant Office (GO) was established in February 2016 to support scientists at B CUBE, BIOTEC and CRTD in acquiring grants for basic and applied research. GO was initiated by Prof. Michael Brand and is funded by the State of Saxony for three years to establish a specialist team for grant application management. GO also aims to strengthen the profile of the Dresden Biocampus in local, national and international networks.
 
The Grant Office is located at the CRTD (3rd floor south, room 3.137).
 
Contact:  grant_office(at)lists.biotec.tu-dresden.de   


05/04/2016

Breakthrough: Gut bacteria drive growth of stem cells in colon cancer


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Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Germany. Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Zeißig, group leader at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden and physician at the Department of Medicine I, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, has now shown a decisive role of gut bacteria in the regulation of intestinal stem cells and the development of colon cancer. This discovery promises new therapies not only for cancer but for promoting regeneration of the intestine, for example after chemotherapy.
 

Scientific publication:

"Epithelial calcineurin in the control of microbiota-dependent intestinal tumor development" (NMED-A75820A)

DOI 10.1038/nm.4072


04/04/2016

CRTD/BIOTEC again part of Dresden Seniors Academy (summer term 2016)

CRTD & BIOTEC are again part of Dresden Seniors Academy with five different lectures. All lectures are held in German.
 

Program:

“Die Regeneration des zentralen Nervensystems.  Der Fisch kann es! Warum ich nicht?“
Dr. Michell M. Reimer
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
10.00-11.30 am
(Auditorium)

“Optische Pinzetten: Moleküle in der Lichtzange“
Christoph Ehrlich
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
10.00-11.30 am
(Auditorium)

 “Eine kleine Geschichte der Mikroskopie“
Dr. Ruth Hans
Wednesday, June 15, 2016,
10.00-11.30 am
(Seminar room 3)

“Die Vermessung des Denkens“
Dr. Alexander Garthe
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
10.00-11.30 am
(Seminar room 3)

“Futter für das Denken: der Zusammenhang zwischen Ernährung und Hirnfunktion“
Prof. Dr. Gerd Kempermann
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
10.00-11.30 am
(Auditorium)


Location:
DFG-Forschungszentrum für Regenerative Therapien TU Dresden
Fetscherstraße 105
01307 Dresden

Further information:
senak.inf.tu-dresden.de/wordpress/


19/03/2016

Visit of Saxon European Member of Parliament Hermann Winkler on March 18, 2016


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Herman Winkler, Saxon Member of the European Parliament (CDU) visited the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden on March 18, 2016 for an exchange of experience and opinions. Prof. Dr. Marius Ader and Dr. Stephan Speier presented the retina and diabetes research at the CRTD. They emphasized the necessity of suitable animal models for the development of new and innovative therapies for previously incurable diseases like diabetes mellitus or Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition, they further discussed the economic implications and other consequences of implementing stricter animal welfare laws for Dresden as a center of science . It has been pointed out that EU regulations for the use of animals in research should be applied worldwide.

“The CRTD as a research center is a flagship model throughout Europe. During my on-the-spot visit on Friday I could gain a lot of impressions of the use of animal experiments in diabetes and retina research. A further tightening of animal experiment laws would result in significant scientific and economic consequences for Dresden and Saxony. I therefore want to support this location of science and its research by declaring myself against further directives that complicate and restrict this kind of research”, says Winkler.

Hermann Winkler (CDU) has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He is one of four from Saxony. As a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, he focuses on the development of research centers in the EU.


16/03/2016

Prestigious Award Notification: 3 year Postdoctoral fellowship from JDRF International to Dr. Yannick Fuchs


© JDRF

The fellowship will support Dr. Yannick Fuchs for the next 3 years and therefore allows him to focus on research on CD8+ T cells in type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the development of assays for their characterization. “I am excited and feel honored to receive this prestigious fellowship. Additionally, I am very happy that it gives me the opportunity to plan longer term and to follow my research interests”, says Dr. Yannick Fuchs.

Postdoctoral fellowships from the JDRF (formally known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, are designed to attract qualified, promising scientists entering their professional career in the type 1 diabetes research field. The application is based on a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM) or the equivalent from an accredited institution and applicants are required to work with a sponsor who can provide an excellent training environment.


15/03/2016

Next step towards the prevention of blindness: CRTD researchers obtain an U.S.-patent for a method to highly efficiently produce human retinal pigment epithelium cells (RPE)


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The research team around Prof. Elly Tanaka at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden succeeded in the development of a method to produce highly efficiently functional retinal pigment epithelium cells (RPE) that are crucially influencing the sense of sight. Being already under patent protection in the European Union, the method is also under protection in the U.S. since February 2016 (US9249390 B2, 02.02.2016). The produced cells can be used for cell replacement therapies for hitherto incurable eye diseases as well as pharmacological screens.


14/03/2016

UniStem Day 2016 with talks, tours and various activities was a great success


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Europe-wide UniStem Day on March 11, 2016 with three participating Dresden educational institutions was a great success. The pupils got to know the CRTD and gained an insight into research work and everyday laboratory practice at the CRTD. They also got to know the axolotl, an important animal model. Different participatory activities moreover allowed the playful introduction of fundamentals of stem cell research. An international live link-up to two further UniStem locations (Rende, Italy & Barcelona, Spain) again revealed the dimensions of this action day (with 27.000 pupils at 73 research institutes and universities in 8 countries). #unistem2016

UniStem Day 2017 is scheduled for March 17, 2017.


09/03/2016

27000 pupils in Europe united on UniStem Day 2016 on March 11


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On March 11, 2016 Europe will be united by science with 73 research institutes and universities in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., Serbia, Spain, Poland and Italy. The UniStem Day aims to equip pupils with knowledge about the current status, the development and the potential of stem cell research. As one of only eight research institutes and universities in Germany, the CRTD is representing stem cell research in Germany together with its seven campaign partners. Established in 2009 (Italy), this European action day takes place in Germany for the very first time. For its participants from Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden (MANOS), Bertolt-Brecht-Gymnasium Dresden and Sächsische BIldungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe Dresden mbH the CRTD has prepared a varied program including lectures on "The Eye, Blindness and Stem Cells" (Prof. Dr. Marius Ader) and "Neuronal Stem Cells in Zebrafish as a Model System" (Dr. Volker Kroehne).

Further information can be found here: http://www.gscn.org/de/VERANSTALTUNGEN/UniStemDay2016/Dresden.aspx .


04/03/2016

Identification of a key molecule for the initiation of regeneration in axolotl


Elly Tanaka © CRTD

The research team of Prof. Elly Tanaka at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden achieved a breakthrough in the elucidation of important regulatory processes in the restoration of the axolotl’s limbs. The publication of these results in Nature, one of the world’s leading scientific journals once again proves the efficiency of Dresden as location of science and the importance of the CRTD in the field of regenerative biomedical research.


Scientific publication:

“MARCKS-Like Protein is an Initiating Molecule in Axolotl Appendage Regeneration”

Takuji Sugiura, Heng Wang, Rico Barsacchi, Andras Simon, Elly M. Tanaka

DOI 10.1038/nature16974


19/02/2016

TIM 2016 conference at the CRTD (Feb 22-24, 2016)


Up to 230 participants from 11 nations are expected for the Trends in Microscopy (TIM) 2016 meeting "Grasping Higher Dimensions"

“Trends in Microscopy” (TIM) is an international meeting series supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The event will be hosted by BioDIP (Biopolis Dresden Imaging Platform) at the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden and is endorsed by the DRESDEN-concept, the Dresden Institutional Strategy concept within the German Excellence Initiative. The event will be co-organized by German BioImaging (GerBI).

Further information and registration: www.biodip.de/tim2016


19/02/2016

TUD Young Investigator status for Dr. Stephan Speier


© Birgit Holthaus

Stephan Speier, research group leader at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) was appointed “TUD Young Investigator” by Prof. Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, Rector of TU Dresden on February 16, 2016. With this newly introduced status, TU Dresden aims to strengthen the position of excellent independent junior research group leaders in Dresden's scientific community by integrating them more closely into the faculties and offering them qualifications tailored to their specific needs. “To me, the major advantages of the TUD Young Investigator are the defined status within the faculty and that I can now function as reviewer and examiner of PhD projects conducted under my supervision. Thereby, this new status depicts a step forward to more independence of research group leaders towards professorship”, says Stephan Speier.

General information:

https://tu-dresden.de/exzellenz/zukunftskonzept/tud_people/tud_yi/TUD%20Young%20Investigators%20Ausschreibung.pdf


15/02/2016

Synergy effects through new joint Technology Platform of CRTD, BIOTEC and B CUBE


From now on,  11 core facilities of the CRTD, BIOTEC and BCUBE are presented on one webpage as the joint Technology Platform. This structural improvement includes an optimized user navigation, an improved access to information and details as well as the standardized booking system . In the course of last year, the development of the this new internet presence has both involved administration and IT staff of all three research institutes as well as researchers and technical assistants of the core facilities. Currently, the core facilities are serving more than 130 research groups that are able to gain from these improvements with immediate effect. The Joint Technology Platform is funded by third party financing through the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Free State of Saxony, the European Union EFRE initiative and the Technische Universität Dresden.

Further information, overview of the services offered & access to the booking system:

biotp.tu-dresden.de/biotechnology-platform/


09/02/2016

CRTD takes part in nationwide UniStem Day 2016 on March 11


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As one of only eight research institutes and universities in Germany, the CRTD is representing the stem cell research in Germany together with its seven campaign partners. Established in 2009 (Italy), this European action day will now take place in Germany for the very first time. For March 11, the CRTD has prepared a varied program including lectures on "The Eye, Blindness and Stem Cells" (Prof. Dr. Marius Ader) and "Neuronal Stem Cells in Zebrafish as a Model System" (Dr. Volker Kroehne). The UniStem Day aims to equip pupils with knowledge about the current status, the development and the potential of stem cell research in Germany.

Places are limited. Further information & registration: http://www.gscn.org/de/VERANSTALTUNGEN/UniStemDay2016/Dresden.aspx


05/02/2016

International symposium at the CRTD was a great success


'Closing Overview' by Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka © CRTD

From February 1 - 3, 2016 the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Research Center and Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden together with the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) presented the 'Stem Cell Models of Neural Regeneration and Disease' International Symposium 369 participants from 32 countries participated at this 3 days event. 26 speaker gave talks on 3D Organoids, Modeling Disorders, Modeling Regeneration and Road to the Clinic. 148 posters were presented and discussed in 2 poster sessions. On Tuesday evening, 213 participants attended the Networking Social Event at Ballhaus Watzke. All in all, the symposium was a great success!

#StemCellDD2016


01/02/2016

International symposium at the CRTD shows the current state of research on stem cell models of neural regeneration and disease


© ISSCR

From February 1 - 3, 2016 the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) together with the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Research Center and Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden present "Stem Cell Models of Neural Regeneration and Disease" International Symposium. Until now, more than 350 participants from more than 30 nations have registered.


Last Modified: 31/05/2016