Health care

  • Antibodies as ‘messengers’ in the nervous system

    A Ganglion in the human intestine, which shows nerval activity after giving the anti-HuD-serum. The activity is red.  (Fig.: Schemann, Michel/ TUM)

    Antibodies are able to activate human nerve cells within milliseconds and hence modify their function — that is the surprising conclusion of a study carried out at Human Biology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This knowledge improves our understanding of illnesses that accompany certain types of cancer, above all severe intestinal malfunctions.

  • Care-O-bot® 4 celebrates its première as shopping assistant

    Paul, a member of the Care-O-bot® 4 robot family, has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Source: Saturn

    In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot® 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Care-O-bot 4®, alias Paul, approaches Saturn customers and welcomes them to the store. If they ask him about a certain product, he accompanies the customer to the department and points them in the direction of the relevant shelf. As he indulges in small talk about the weather or another subject, Paul turns out to be a most charming contact partner. However, he prefers to leave actual customer service to his human colleagues.

  • Center for plasma medicine opened in Korea

    Opening ceremony of the APMC in Korea, with Prof. Chun, Director of the Kwangwoon University of Seoul, Prof. Choi, Director of the PBRC Seoul and Prof. Weltmann, Director of the INP Greifswald  INP

    With a ceremonial opening in presence of the German ambassador in Korea on February 6th, 2017 the cross-national „Applied Plasma Medicine Center“ (APMC) of the Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP Greifswald) and the Plasma Bioscience Research Center (PBRC) in Seoul, Korea was founded.

  • International high-tech companies present their innovations together with IVAM in California

    22 times bending press This part is 10mm long with 22 bending pieces, the accuracy within ±0.03mm. By preparing 7sets of bending die in-house, our highly skilled engineer makes 30 pieces in a week.  NISINO SEIKI CO., LTD.

    For the fourth time, the IVAM Microtechnology Network is going to present a joint booth at the medical exhibition MD&M West 2017 in California from February 7-9, 2017.
    The IVAM joint booth will be branded as “Micro Nanotech“ area and can be found in hall C. 13 international exhibitors will showcase technologies and products that constantly make medical technology products safer, cheaper and more reliable.

  • New antibody therapy permanently blocks SIV infection

    Prof. Dr. Lutz Walter is Head of the Primate Genetics Laboratory at the German Primate Center and co-author of the study. Photo: Karin Tilch

    An international research team has developed an effective treatment strategy against the HIV-like Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) in rhesus macaques

  • Official launch of the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, ICPerMed

    Brussels, Belgium, November 2016. Personalised medicine¹ is a promising new concept for dealing with challenges of health and health systems. With the launch of the International Consortium of Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed), European countries aim to coordinate health research policy to advance the implementation of personalised medicine. The initiative brings together health research funders and policy making organisations from 28 countries, five regions and the European Commission (EC)².

  • Operating in the operating theatre of the future

    Modern imaging technologies inside the operating theatre, Inselspital, Berne

    Inselspital is the first hospital in Switzerland to have a highly modern surgical area that can be used in an interdisciplinary way by all surgical specialties. Modern imaging technologies inside the operating theatre allow for quality checks during complicated operations.

    Beginning in the middle of February, 2017, in the Intensive Treatment, Emergency and Operation Centre (IEO) at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, all operative specialities will have three new operation theatres available that have integrated computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Together with the hybrid operating theatre, which allows for intra-operative angiography, they create an operating area that is one of a kind in Switzerland.

  • Refined method offers new piece in the cancer puzzle

    Analysis using TOF-SIMS of an area in a rodent brain.  The University of Gothenburg

    A special spectrometry method that is normally used in analyses of computer chips, lacquers and metals has been further developed at the University of Gothenburg so that it can help researchers better detect harmful cells in the body.

    ‘The method may become important for example for future analyses of breast cancer tissue,’ says PhD student Tina Angerer.

  • Research against antibiotic resistance

    The paper disks have different antibiotics: Antibiotics in the discs in the culture on the left prevent bacteria from proliferating. Bacteria in the culture on the right are resistant to most of the antibiotics.

    The Swiss National Science Foundation is launching the National Research Programme “Antimicrobial Resistance”, which aims to develop new solutions to ensure that antibiotics remain effective. Worldwide, more and more pathogens are becoming resistant to today’s antibiotics. The aim of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2016 is to highlight the fact that medicines are losing their effectiveness as a result and that once easy-to-treat infections are turning into deadly diseases. To counteract this development, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is launching the National Research Programme “Antimicrobial Resistance” (NRP 72).

  • Successful cooperation with Japan

    During the COMPAMED 2016 multiple collaborations were initiated in about 70 arranged business meetings between enterprises from Germany and Fukushima.  IVAM

    In 2016 the IVAM Microtechnology Network intensified its activities to improve networking between Japanese and German medical technology companies. Within a collaboration project the cooperation between companies from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Japanese Fukushima Prefecture was brought forward.

  • The World Health Summit 2016 opens at the German Federal Foreign Office

    Since it was launched in 2009, the World Health Summit (WHS) has brought together stakeholders and decision-makers from every field in the healthcare spectrum. © WHS

    The World Health Summit 2016 opens at the German Federal Foreign Office
    Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe: Global health challenges require a close coordination and co-operation.