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Phase-I drug interaction study in Crohn’s disease patients initiated

February 2, 2018

In close collaboration with the Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Hannover Medical School, the potential of ustekinumab to interfere with the pharmacokinetics of midazolam, warfarin, omeprazole, dextromethorphan, and caffeine is being explored at the CRC Hannover in a phase-I study with patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease.

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New sleep laboratory: first study with a new antidepressant drug

January 25, 2018

Fraunhofer ITEM has extended the diagnostic possibilities in its clinical research by setting up a sleep laboratory with 4 beds in the phase-I unit of the Clinical Research Center Hannover.

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November 24, 2017

In a clinical study for method validation, performed in close collaboration with the Institute for Radiology of the Hannover Medical School, scientists were able to demonstrate that functional MRI with arterial spin labeling is a reliable method for quantification of kidney perfusion.

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Observational study in cases of COPD

July 21, 2017

The lung disease, COPD, usually caused by smoking, is associated with chronic coughing and shortness of breath. It has a detrimental effect on quality of life and in its advanced stages, it is a frequent cause of death. Apart from pulmonary function tests, there have been no suitable biomarkers (biological parameters, for example certain blood-based messengers) in the bodies of those affected hitherto which indicate the severity or predict the progression of the disease. In a major international study, which the Fraunhofer ITEM is participating in, COPD patients having various degrees of severity and healthy ex-smokers are to be observed over a period of two years.

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Asthma Studies with new Inhaler

July 21, 2017

An inhaler is currently being developed to treat severe asthma, which combines three active ingredients (cortisone plus two bronchodilators) and only has to be used once a day. For asthma sufferers, this would mean a considerable simplification of their treatment since various inhalers have had to be combined hitherto and sometimes used twice a day for a similar treatment. The Fraunhofer ITEM is taking part in the related development programme with two studies.

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ATS International Conference 2018

This year's annual conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) will be held from May 18 to 23 in San Diego, CA (USA). The American Thoracic Society improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders.

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DZL Annual Meeting 2018

From February 8 to 9, the German Center for Lung Research will hold its Annual Meeting 2018 in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Each year, scientists and junior researchers get together at this meeting to discuss a broad variety of topics related to lung diseases. For this year’s meeting, several Fraunhofer ITEM scientists have been selected to give oral presentations and to present their posters among the top ten posters in two disease areas.

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17th Fraunhofer Seminar »Models of Lung Disease«

The 17th Fraunhofer Seminar "Models of Lung Disease" will be held in Hannover, Germany, on January 18 and 19, 2018.
Seating is limited - be sure not to miss this Event!

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DZIF-Workshop of the Infrastructure Biobanking “Storage of biosamples”

October 9, 2017

The one-day workshop “Storage of biosamples” will take place on October 19th, 2017 at the CRC Hannover. The workshop is directed by the Hannover Unified Biobank (HUB), the central Biobank of the Hannover Medical School.

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Workshop “Environmental Risk Assessment of Veterinary Medicinal Products – Update, Recent Developments and Implications”

November 9, 2017.

In cooperation with the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), the Fraunhofer ITEM Department of Chemical Risk Assessment is offering a one-day workshop on environmental risk assessment of veterinary drugs on November 9, 2017.

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