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BSRT awards PhD Student Award in Regenerative Medicine

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PhD Student from Dresden wins this years PhD Student Award.

Benedetta Artegiani, PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden wins this years PhD Student Award in Regenerative Medicine. The Italian scientist is member of the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering since March 2008 and will graduate beginning of next year. In the awarded article the research group showed for the first time that expansion versus differentiation of somatic stem cells can be controlled in vivo. The study describes the first acute, inducible, and temporal control of neurogenesis in the mammalian brain, which may be critical towards identifying the role of adult neurogenesis and using neural stem cells (NSC's) for therapy.

Madlen Löbel (born Rother) from the Institute for Medical Immunology of the Charité wins the second place with a publication in the Journal Circulation. After her successful graduation in October at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies she now works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Medical Immunology. Her publication on the protein CCN1 was generated within a project on inflammatory cardiomyopathy within the Sonderforschungsbereich Transregio19. In the awarded article, it could be shown in vivo that systemic overexpression of CCN1 in diseased mice leads to decreased inflammation and less damage in the heart. Furthermore, in vitro analysis showed a greatly reduced mobility of immune cells, which could be beneficial for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

The PhD Student Award in Regenerative Medicine is given annually by the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT) for the most outstanding publication for progress in Regenerative Medicine and is awarded with 1.500 Euro for the first place and 500 Euro for the second place.


Artegiani B, Lindemann D, Calegari F
Overexpression of cdk4 and cyclinD1 triggers greater expansion of neural stem cells in the adult mouse brain.
J Exp Med. 2011 May 9;208(5):937-48

Rother M, Krohn S, Kania G, Vanhoutte D, Eisenreich A, Wang X, Westermann D, Savvatis K, Dannemann N, Skurk C, Hilfiker-Kleiner D, Cathomen T, Fechner H, Rauch U, Schultheiss HP, Heymans S, Eriksson U, Scheibenbogen C, Poller W
Matricellular signaling molecule CCN1 attenuates experimental autoimmune myocarditis by acting as a novel immune cell migration modulator.
Circulation. 2010 Dec 21;122(25):2688-98

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