Radiation to combat cancer
Early detection and diagnosis are keys to the successful treatment of tumours. Researchers and medical doctors at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are working together to make research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer more effective. For that purpose, they are using a state-of-the-art device that combines two different imaging techniques for early diagnosis of cancer.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is currently the most sensitive imaging technology available for the detection and imaging of cancer cells. Video
Seeking out genetic flaws
In 2003 an international team of researchers announced that they had succeeded in sequencing the complete human genome. Now German scientists are participating in another mammoth project in biomedical genome research: the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has set its sights on obtaining a comprehensive description of the genomic changes associated with 50 major types of cancer
The German Cancer Research Center is coordinating a part of the German ICGC projects, and vast amounts of data are stored and analysed there. In the project nvolved in Germany are also the University Medical Center and Martini-Klinik Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Kiel University. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the German Cancer Aid.
Vaccination by nasal spray
Most people don’t exactly look forward to injections, but vaccinations do offer effective and inexpensive protection against infectious diseases. Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig are working on making vaccines more effective and developing novel ways of administering them – using nasal sprays, for example.
Few people enjoy getting vaccinated. Delivering vaccines via nasal sprays rather than needles should make the experience less unpleasant. Video (in German)
Researchers from the HZI report of report of on the development of new vaccination methods. Their goal is to vaccinate by nasal spray: effectively, inexpensively and easily to apply. (© Audio in German: HZI/Schilling)
Whether vaccines are inhaled through the nose or injected, they take many years of effort and intensive research to develop.
(© Audio in German: HZI/Schilling)
Solving global challenges
The High-Tech Strategy for Germany
The High-Tech Strategy is intended to help Germany assume a leading role in the solution of global challenges andto give convincing answers to the important questions of the 21th century. In this way, we are not only contributing to improving the lives of many people. A broad base in science and research and the development of quality technology are also helping us secure prosperity and qualified jobs in Germany. The Federal Government has therefore defined ten forward-looking projects, relying on the advice of the Industry-Science Research Alliance.
More information about the forward-looking projects „Treating diseases more effectively with the help of personalized medicine“ can be found here and about “Better health through targeted prevention and an optimised diet” here (in German only).