Third "Progress Report" meeting of NRP 63 in Berne


"Quite impressive." This was the conclusion drawn by Michael R. Rosen, member of the Steering Committee of NRP 63 on the achievements made so far by a total of eleven remaining research projects. During a two day period, the doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers presented their findings in the form of a poster presentation and in short addresses.

​As it turned out, all research groups managed to deliver exciting results from their past three-year research work. The impressive publication list of NRP 63, which meanwhile has been extended to include 54 publications – some in such prestigious journals as Science and Nature, bears testimony to these achievements.

Sheila MacNeil and Davor Solter, two of the six members of the Steering Committee present, featured as the keynote speakers. Davor Solter, who hails from Zagreb and today carries out research in Singapore, looked back on his long research career in the course of his presentation. Solter analyses how DNA and proteins have to interact so that mouse embryos develop normally and what happens when key proteins are lacking. In doing so, Solter focuses above all on the so-called methylation of DNA, a process that allows genes to be toggled on and off like a switch.

Sheila MacNeil, in turn, provided an insight into the world of tissue engineering. She explained what methods are used today to create substitute skin. In particular, patients suffering from large-scale burns benefit from this substitute skin. In the past decades, major advances have been made in this field; nevertheless, the results as far as patients are concerned are still miles away from a "genuine" skin.

She further said that tissue engineering is meanwhile also being applied to other fields, such as on patients who have sustained injuries to the cornea, after an accident involving chemicals, for instance. Significant success stories have been recorded in regenerating the cornea. Moreover, with the aid of tissue engineering remarkable results have also been achieved for the benefit of diabetes patients, who frequently suffer from non-healing wounds, making it possible to close the wounds again. Studies are currently also under way on how to create new tissue for women suffering from a weak pelvic floor.







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