Press releases

21 June 2016

Combating cystic fibrosis: REBIRTH researchers coordinate European network

In Germany, one in 3,000 people are born with cystic fibrosis (CF). A European network for rare diseases entitled INSTINCT (‘Induced pluripotent stem cells for identification of novel drug combinations targeting cystic fibrosis... [more]

05 June 2016

Joining forces to find replacements for organs

Demand for donor organs far outstrips the supply. This means that patients often wait several years for a transplant, and many of them do not survive this period: in Germany, an average of three patients on the waiting list die... [more]

08 March 2016

UniStem Day 2016: European Stem Cell Day for school pupils

„Today marks a real first: all over Europe, right now, more than 25,000 school pupils are taking part in events on stem cell research. That’s quite something,” said Professor Ulrich Martin, deputy coordinator of the REBIRTH... [more]

26 February 2016

On-the-spot healing: MHH researchers change connectivetissue cells into liver cells

A team of researchers in the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence and the collaborative research centre (SFB) 738 at Hannover Medical School (MHH) has succeeded, using a mouse model, in transforming scar tissue in the liver into healthy... [more]

17 February 2016

MHH researchers devise new therapy for cardiac insufficiency

A heart attack or persistent high blood pressure can lead to the heart growing abnormally, weakening or even failing. Scientists at Hannover Medical School (MHH) have now found a therapy option that may be able to halt or even... [more]

03 February 2016

PPCM: Dobutamin worsen prospects of recovery

Physicians often use compounds called catecholamines, such as dobutamine, as emergency medication in cases of acute cardiac insufficiency (heart failure), since they strengthen the heart. A team led by Professor Denise... [more]

26 January 2016

EU project for heart repair

A heart attack or cardiac insufficiency often involves irreparable damage to the heart’s muscle tissue. Laboratory-engineered tissue could help a great number of patients. However, in order to be able to grow cardiac tissue from... [more]

15 October 2015

New mechanism of blood vessel formation discovered

Veins grow throughout one’s lifetime. They need to, in order that blood can get where it’s wanted – whether it’s for healing wounds or for supplying damaged tissue with oxygen following a heart attack. Where blood vessels are... [more]

24 September 2015

The parts air reaches – and the parts it doesn’t

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses hydrogen atoms to visualize aqueous tissue, including cartilage as well as the brain and other organs. At Hannover Medical School (MHH), researchers can now use MRI to visualize airflow in... [more]

14 September 2015

Apply now: Autumn Academy for Teachers

On 30 October 2015, for the fourth time, REBIRTH und QUEST laboratories will play host to upper-school teachers keen to find out about the latest advances in research. Since 2009, this in-service training – offered in conjunction... [more]

08 September 2015

Only 160 sites available for precursor T cells in the thymus

Following a transplant of blood stem cells, transplantees – particularly older patients – are especially prone to infection. One reason is the delay in formation of T lymphocytes, which play a key role in combating infections. In... [more]

06 August 2015

‘Socially Responsible Health Economy Day”: minister for social affairs visits REBIRTH

In preparation for the second major Master Plan Conference in November 2015, Lower Saxony’s minister for social affairs and health, Cornelia Rundt, visited the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence at Hannover Medical School (MHH) on 6... [more]

09 March 2015

Now with added pressure: study on aortic heart valves that last a lifetime

In Europe, 65,000 aortic valves are replaced to treat acquired or congenital diseases of the heart valve every year. The European Union (EU) is supporting the clinical trial on ‘Aortic Valve Replacement using Individualised... [more]

02 March 2015

Foundation for innovative (blood) cell transplantation

Human blood consists of a variety of different blood cells, each with specific jobs. If, however, blood formation is adversely affected (as in leukaemia) or unable to keep pace with demand (as when major injuries occur),... [more]

13 January 2015

Repairing diseased hearts: REBIRTH researchers discover protein in bone marrow

Scientists at Hannover Medical School (MHH) have discovered a protein in the bone marrow cells of heart attack patients that stimulates healing of the cardiac muscle and can protect against persistent myocardial insufficiency.... [more]

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