Medical professional Nadine Heiden is training to become a specialist physician while actively pursuing research. “I always wanted to do both,” she says – and a close connection between research and patient care can only be beneficial. Although the dual qualification is challenging, Nadine Heiden provides insight into how it is working out for her.
Dr Noelia Alonso Gonzalez recently became Professor of Macrophage Biology at the University of Münster. Her career springboard was a programme run by the research network “Cells in Motion”, which aimed to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions. In a video, the researcher and mother talks about her career path, international mobility and gender equality.
CRC project leader and nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Philipp Backhaus and his research partners examined breast cancer patients, for the first time systematically using a radiotracer that binds to the fibroblast activation protein. In particular small cancer lesions could be newly detected, and in combination with MRI, the new PET imaging method influenced further treatment in three of 19 patients. The study, published in “Radiology”, was awarded “Paper of the Month” by the Medical Faculty.
A research team led by biochemist Prof Andrea Rentmeister and nuclear medicine specialist Prof Michael Schäfers has, for the first time, utilised so-called SNAP-tag technology to radioactively label cells in living organisms. The method opens up the prospect of examining cells with different imaging techniques and at different temporal stages. The study was published in “Chemical Communications”.
In an interview, mathematician Prof Benedikt Wirth gives insights into mathematical concepts that are fundamental for medical imaging and describes specific research projects – including two projects of our CRC – in which he works together with colleagues from the fields of biology, medicine, physics and other disciplines. In an online talk on March 24, he will then be presenting (in German) mathematical findings which were necessary for the development of technologies.
Calculations play an important role in medical imaging. Marco Mauritz from Prof Beneditk Wirth’s research group works on methods to track individual cells in the body using positron emission tomography. This in turn can help develop and improve immune cell therapies against cancer.
The new Collaborative Research Center "inSight" at Münster University receives funding from the German Research Foundation amounting to approximately ten million euros. The researchers aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the body regulates inflammation in different organs and, to this end, develop a specific imaging methodology that brings together information from single cells to entire organisms.