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Funding of two million Swiss Francs

The Thurgau Biotechnology Institute (BITg), located in Kreuzlingen and associated with the University of Constance, is focusing on cancer research. It will receive a total of 1.98 million Swiss Francs over the next four years.

The decision by the Swiss Federal Department of the Interior (EDI) not only means a considerable financial contribution to research in the Thurgau area. The grant is also recognition of the high scientific quality of the work done at the BITg under the direction of Dr. Daniel Legler.

The close cooperation between the BITg and the University of Constance is assured through the Department of Immunology (Director Prof. Marcus Groettrup). Between 2004 and 2008, the BITg already received about 400,000 Swiss Francs per year for its research activities. Another proof of the high quality of the research at BITg is that the Swiss National Fund (SNF) has been funding one of the BITg projects with around 200,000 Swiss Francs since 2006. In addition, the BITg is supported by several foundations as well as the Thurgau Cancer League. The Thurgau Biotechnology Institute is supported by the Thurgau canton through its Foundation for Science and Research. Federal funding is given on the condition that the canton contributes complementary basic financing.

Scientists at the Thurgau Biotechnology Institute focus on application-oriented basic research into the development and treatment of cancer. Daniel Legler’s group deals mainly with the migration of human cells, and hopes that their insights will eventually help them load defence cells with therapeutic substances and direct them to the site in the body where they are needed. Marcus Groettrup’s group at the University of Constance are using the insights to develop an immunotherapy against prostate cancer. First results from an initial clinical study appear to be quite promising.

Source: Uni'kon issue 30/08 (P)
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