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Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller visits Translation Centre

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, yesterday visited the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), which is jointly funded by the Charité and the Helmholtz Association. At the Virchow-Klinikum campus, he was briefed by Finance Senator Dr. Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Economics Senator Cornelia Yzer and the State Secretaries for Science Steffen Krach and for Labor Boris Velter on current research projects of the interdisciplinary translation centre.

The dean of the Charité Prof. Axel Radlach Pries and the deputy directors of the BCRT Prof. Georg Duda and Prof. Andreas Lendlein welcomed the guests and explained the structure and development of the BCRT. According to Prof. Duda, the aim of the centre is to carry out application-oriented research. The central question is how excellent clinics and excellent basic research can be combined in such a way that solutions for patients can be found more quickly. The spatial proximity between clinics and research, which enables a close fusion of research and patient care, helps to achieve this. Prof. Duda and his interdisciplinary team presented various research projects.

The heart surgeon Prof. Christof Stamm explained regenerative therapies for heart diseases to the governing mayor and his companions. The life of 51-year-old Stefan Sichelschmidt, who suffered from severe heart failure after inflammation of the heart muscle, was saved by inserting an artificial heart in June 2009. Since then he has led a very active life and is waiting for a suitable donor organ for a heart transplant. "Meanwhile, I'm taking part in sports events again, even if a small team accompanies me," says Sichelschmidt. Only 20 years ago such a high quality of life with an artificial heart would have been impossible. Using the example of a young patient from Eastern Europe who suffered from a similar disease and who received treatment with autologous stem cells in addition to his artificial heart, Prof. Stamm explained the opportunities offered by regenerative medicine. In this case, the artificial heart could be removed after a few months because the heart function had completely recovered. The BCRT is investigating how stem cell therapy can also help other patients with heart failure.

Source: Charité – Universitätsmedizin


Berlin-Brandenburger Center for
Regenerative Therapies (BCRT)

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin
(Visitors: Föhrer Str. 15)

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