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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. 

Rare Disease Day 2019

Today is Rare Disease Day 2019, aiming to raise awareness amongst the general public as well as decision-makers for rare diseases and how they affect patients' lives.

A rare disease affects, per definition, less than 1 of 2,000 people. But in total this is a lot: More than 8,000 rare diseases are known up to date, meaning every 17th person is affected by a rare disease - in Austria these are about 400,000 people . These numbers show the impact of rare diseases on the health system and people's lives in general.