Two St. Anna CCRI projects selected for FWF’s 1000 ideas program
This year’s 1000 ideas program of FWF promotes another two of St. Anna CCRI’s “completely new, daring or particularly original research ideas that lie outside the current scientific understanding”. Florian Halbritter’s new approach aims to integrate machine learning directly into the experimental design and execution of manufacturing specific cell types from stem cells – with the ultimate goal to reprogram even cancer cells. Artem Kalinichenko, who was also awarded a 1000 ideas grant, is targeting abnormal tumor metabolism by identifying cancer-derived metabolites, drugs and drug metabolites that trigger an immune reaction, which could later be exploited for immunotherapy.
Davide Seruggia earns FWF Stand-Alone funding
To find vulnerabilities of cancers that are driven by MYC, a protein known for its potential to induce tumor growth, is the goal of a new project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Davide Seruggia from St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (St. Anna CCRI) and colleagues aim to deactivate this key cancer regulator by targeting components of SAGA, a protein complex tightly linked to MYC. Since pediatric leukemia and neuroblastoma, two of the most common childhood cancers are known to be driven by MYC, establishing new strategies to interrupt its activity in cancer cells is of utmost importance.
Scientists off the record: How Eva König keeps cool on midsummer days
To kick off our new interview series, we asked St. Anna Children's Cancer Researcher Eva König how she copes with midsummer temperatures, what shaped her life as a researcher, and which book should not be missing in her vacation luggage.
When: 18. – 20.05.2022
Where: Van Swieten Saal of the Medical University Vienna; Van-Swieten-Gasse 1a, 1090 Vienna
Presented by: St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute, EuSARC
Read more: https://ccri.at/eusarc/