Eight young researchers at Technopole Krems received the “Krems Collaboration Research Award”.

Recently, eight young researchers at Technopol Krems were awarded the “Krems Collaboration Research Award” for their exceptional scientific achievements in the field of life sciences.

The prize is awarded every two years by ecoplus in cooperation with the University of Continuing Education, Karl Landsteiner Private University, Danube Private University, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Fresenius Medical Care Adsorber Tech GmbH. Euros.

Genre: Scientific Publication

Award winner Marie Ebeyer-Masotta managed to convince the high-level jury with new research results in her publication: Blood clots can occur in diseases such as sepsis and Covid-19, leading to serious complications. Investigating how the use of special heparin-binding substances can inhibit blood clot formation, extracellular vesicles also play an important role.

Through Ms. Ebeyer-Masotta’s work at the Department of Biomedical Research at the University of Krems, Univ.-Prof. Victoria Weber can develop new approaches to treatment options.

Second place in this category was awarded to Sepideh Hatamikia, who used 3D printing to create an advanced model of the breast that makes medical imaging procedures more accurate. Sepideh Hatamikia conducts research at Danube Private University and, as principal investigator, will lead the new, recently approved FFG bridge project in the field of medical imaging.

Genre: Dissertation

Award winner Anna Stierschneider dealt with the field of optogenetics in her dissertation. The aim is to use new cells that can be activated with blue light to better understand how inflammation and cancer develop, and to facilitate the search for new drugs.

At the Institute of Biotechnology at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Prof. (FH) Harald Hundsberger and Prof. (FH) Christoph Wiesner (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems), Univ.- Prof. Victoria Weber and University – Prof. Supervised by Michael Fischer (University of Continuing Education Krems).

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Lucas Moser won second place with his dissertation. Articular cartilage damage in the knee is a global health problem that affects several hundred million people each year. This leads to limited mobility and reduced quality of life. In the doctoral thesis, the interaction of various substances such as glucocorticoids, hyaluronic acid and local anesthetics on cartilage cells was investigated, allowing conclusions to be drawn about improved treatment options for knee osteoarthritis. The work was carried out at UWK by Univ.-Prof. Stephen Nehrer and Dr. by Christoph Bauer.

Genre Master

As a student in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology course at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems under Prof. (FH) Harald Hundsberger, award winner Arno Bindlechner worked on a central signaling pathway molecule (STAT3). Cancer in his master’s thesis.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) represents the second most common form of leukemia in children and the most common form of leukemia in adults over the age of 50. The main goal of the work is modern personalized treatment strategies for AML patients.

This work was carried out by Prof. (FH) Christoph Wiesner (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems) and Univ. Supervised by Prof. Dagmar Stoiber-Sakaguchi (KL).

Adrian Lendvai won second place for his master’s thesis on the properties and production of archaeosomes.

Archaeosomes are specialized liposomes made from the lipids (fats) of archaea. Archaea are a group of microorganisms that occur in the human gut and can survive under extreme conditions. These specialized lipids make archaeosomes particularly stable and resistant to degradation processes such as hydrolysis, making them promising vehicles for transporting drugs into the body.

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This work was supervised by Prof. (FH) Bernhard Klaskraber (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems).

Category: Bachelors

The award was presented in the “Undergraduate” category during the “International Life Sciences Meeting” at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in May 2024. Award winner Caroline Schatz is a student at the Institute of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at IMC University. Applied Sciences Krems worked on his undergraduate thesis on the technology to create artificial blood vessels from stem cells, which could be a treatment option for some cardiovascular diseases.

The work was done by Dr. Supervised by Doris Ripper.

Second place in the undergraduate category went to Christoph Geisler, also from IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. During Ebola virus infection, so-called inclusion bodies are formed, which are critical for the virus to multiply. This work explored the question of which host proteins interact with viral proteins to find new therapeutic options.

This work was supervised by Prof. (FH) Reinhard Klein (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems).

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