Scienfitic lectures „Secret codes and communication in cancer cells“
Visitors learned that in neuroblastomas, there can be 100-200 copies of a gene (Prof. Ambros), that chimeric proteins are involved in leukaemia progression (Dr. Strehl) and that Flow Cytometry (FACS) protocols are useful for staining and analysing cell populations prior to actual disease outbreak (Prof. Dworzak). Assoc. Prof. Felzmann highlighted how the immune system can be mobilised to detect and regulate cancer cells, while Prof. Panzer-Grümayer pinpointed at the potential of RNAi techniques for recognition and silencing of fusion genes. As Prof. Kovar explained, microRNAs constitute a recently discovered class of molecules that play key roles in the regulation of gene expression and hence, are of particular interest in cancer research. In Assoc. Prof. Heitger’s talk, approaches to improve transplantation by combating graft versus host disease were discussed. Finally, Assoc. Prof. Fritsch delivered a humorous and lively lecture on the past and future of blood stem cell transplantation.
To absorb a vast amount of information, children and adult attendees had the opportunity to look behind the curtain of the CCRI laboratories. Hands-on experiments included basic cell disruption and separation techniques to extract DNA from vegetables and making a DNA sequence bracelet. To depict genetic mutations that are crucial in cancer diseases, musical sequences were modified to represent altered genetic patterns.
Many thanks for your support.
With the help of committed volunteers, the enthusiasm of the researchers in communicating their science and the support of sponsors, we would like to say thank you to those who participated in our 2012 open door event.