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Press release: From the god of sun to immunodeficiency: international research team identifies new rare disease affecting hematopoiesis and immunity

Vienna, 26.11.2021. Together with international collaborators, scientists at the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute discover a new inborn error of hematopoiesis and immunity, caused by an inherited genetic defect of the transcription factor Helios. In their research project, the team was able to define previously unknown roles of Helios in immune activation and homeostasis. The study is now published in the high-ranked scientific journal Science Immunology.

Press release: Prompt initiation of antiretroviral therapy reduces cancer risk in HIV patients

(Vienna, 23 November 2021) HIV patients have an increased risk of developing skin and mucosal cancers, even though HIV is no longer detectable in their blood due to antiretroviral therapy. A new study by MedUni Vienna's Department of Dermatology, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (LBI-RUD) and the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences now shows that the time of starting antiretroviral therapy can influence tumour development. The results have recently been published in the specialist journal “Immunity”.

Kaan Boztug receives the "Işil Berat Barlan Award for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases"

Congratulations! Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kaan Boztug, Scientific Director of the St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases, has been awarded the Işil Berat Barlan Award for his outstanding research in the field of primary immunodeficiencies, which will be presented for the first time this year at the European Congress of Immunology (ECI).

 

Press release: Do you speak immunology? A new language for congenital immune disorders

A detailed vocabulary to identify and explore rare, congenital immune disorders around the world? That is exactly what is now available thanks to a new study led by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases in Vienna and the University Medical Center Groningen. Congenital immune disorders often affect only a handful of children around the world. The now published expansion of the nomenclature allows us to better analyze, identify, and treat these diseases.

Julia Pazmandi presented her research project at the "Falling Walls Lab" competition in Berlin

Virtual Reality (VR) should help researchers and physicians to get a better understanding of rare diseases. Julia Pazmandi, PhD student in the research group of Kaan Boztug at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (LBI-RUD) and CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, presented her research project in the "Falling Walls Lab" finals in Berlin, after winning the Austrian preliminary round.

Two DOC fellowships of the Austrian Academy of Sciences awarded to PhD students Tomislav Kokotovic and Christopher Fell of the group of Vanja Nagy

Tomislav Kokotovic  and Christopher Fell, both PhD students in the research group of Vanja Nagy, have been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

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