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An integrated SYstems Medicine approach to Personalized And targeted THerapy in lYmphoma (SYMPATHY)

We are a Partner group of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) within the Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU):

Our aim is to bring biology-based individualized treatment of lymphoma and leukemia into clinical practice. To achieve this ambitious aim, we establish a systems medicine program that integrates systematic functional assays, multi-omic profiling, bioinformatic analysis, mathematical modeling and setup towards a clinical exploitation. The basis of the program is a platform to map patient specific pathway activity and drug sensitivity of their primary tumor cells ex-vivo. By comparing drug responses across patients with detailed molecular characterization (e.g. whole exome- and RNA-sequencing) and the clinical parameters, we obtain a rich set of associations of drug sensitivity with biology, biomarkers and outcome. 

 

 

Figure 1) The general layout of our research program.

 

A particular focus of our research is on signals provided by the microenvironment, and  how these signals modify pathway activities targeted by drugs. We aim to generate a systems-level understanding of how the microenvironment and the individual genetic and molecular make-up of a tumor interact and modify drug response using a high throughput automated microscopy platform mimicking microenvironment conditions. In parallel, we investigate further dimensions of in-vivo drug response (3D-space, timing of drug response) with a hierarchy of increasingly complex culture models and readouts in suitable tumors.

 

Our group is funded by the eMed Programm of the BMBF. (http://www.sys-med.de/de/)

 

Group leader


 

 

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Sascha Dietrich

Oberarzt
Facharzt für Hämatologie und Onkologie

Leiter des Lymphom-Programms
Molecular Medicine Partnership:
Systems medicine of Cancer Drugs
Personalisierte Lymhomtherapie (SYMPATHY)

 

Tel.: 06221-56 8030
E-Mail: sascha.dietrich@med.uni-heidelberg.de

 

 

Address


 

 

Medizinische Klinik, Abt. Innere Medizin V
Hämatologie, Onkologie, Rheumatologie

Im Neuenheimer Feld 350
69120 Heidelberg
Germany

 

Tel.: 06221-56-39066

Sascha.dietrich@med.uni-heidelberg.de

 

 

Group Members


 

 

Berit Johanna Brinkmann

PhD student

 

Tel.: +49 621 56-6539
E-Mail:berit.brinkmann@med.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Peter-Martin Bruch

MD Student


Tel.: + 49 6221 56-4043
Peter-Martin.Bruch@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Holly Giles

PhD student (EMBL International PhD Programme -
EIPP) Joint PhD with Huber Group, EMBL


Tel. + 49 6221 387 8823
holly.giles@embl.de

 

 

Sarah Richter

Joint PhD with the group of Prof. Petra Knaup (IMBI)


Tel. + 49 6221 56-7398

 

 

Sophie-Alessa Rabe

PhD-Student
Forschungslabor AG Dr. Dietrich

 

Phone: + 49 6221 56-6539
Opens window for sending emailsophie-alessa.Rabe@med.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Dr. med. Tobias Roider

MD

 

Tel.: + 49 6221 56-6539 
Opens window for sending emailtobias.roider@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Xi Wang

Doctoral student

 

Tel.: +49 6221 56-6539
E-Mail:xi.wang@med.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Carolin Kolb

Technician

Tel.: + 49 6221 56-39066

 

Angela Lenze

Technican

Tel.: 06221 - 56 39066

Mareike Knoll

Technician

Tel.: + 49 6221 56-39066

 

Selected Publication:

 

Drug-perturbation-based stratification of blood cancer. 
Dietrich S, Oleś M, Lu J, Sellner L, Anders S, Velten B, Wu B, Hüllein J, da Silva Liberio M, Walther T, Wagner L, Rabe S, Ghidelli-Disse S, Bantscheff M, Oleś AK, Słabicki M, Mock A, Oakes CC, Wang S, Oppermann S, Lukas M, Kim V, Sill M, Benner A, Jauch A, Sutton LA, Young E, Rosenquist R, Liu X, Jethwa A, Lee KS, Lewis J, Putzker K, Lutz C, Rossi D, Mokhir A, Oellerich T, Zirlik K, Herling M, Nguyen-Khac F, Plass C, Andersson E, Mustjoki S, von Kalle C, Ho AD, Hensel M, Dürig J, Ringshausen I, Zapatka M, Huber W, Zenz T. 
J Clin Invest. 2018 Jan 2;128(1):427-445. doi: 10.1172/JCI93801. Epub 2017 Dec 11.PMID:29227286

 

Multi-Omics factor analysis disentangles heterogeneity in blood cancer 
Ricard Argelaguet, Britta Velten, Damien Arnol, Sascha Dietrich, Thorsten Zenz, John C. Marioni, Florian Buettner, Wolfgang Huber, Oliver Stegle 
bioRxiv beta Nov. 10, 2017 doi.org/10.1101/217554

 

BRAF inhibition in hairy cell leukemia with low-dose vemurafenib. 
Dietrich S, Pircher A, Endris V, Peyrade F, Wendtner CM, Follows GA, Hüllein J, Jethwa A, Ellert E, Walther T, Liu X, Dyer MJ, Elter T, Brummer T, Zeiser R, Hermann M, Herold M, Weichert W, Dearden C, Haferlach T, Seiffert M, Hallek M, von Kalle C, Ho AD, Gaehler A, Andrulis M, Steurer M, Zenz T. 
Blood. 2016 Jun 9;127(23):2847-55. doi: 10.1182/blood-2015-11-680074. 
PMID: 26941398

 

Recurrent CDKN1B (p27) mutations in hairy cell leukemia. 
Dietrich S, Hüllein J, Lee SC, Hutter B, Gonzalez D, Jayne S, Dyer MJ, Oleś M, Else M, Liu X, Słabicki M, Wu B, Troussard X, Dürig J, Andrulis M, Dearden C, von Kalle C, Granzow M, Jauch A, Fröhling S, Huber W, Meggendorfer M, Haferlach T, Ho AD, Richter D, Brors B, Glimm H, Matutes E, Abdel Wahab O, Zenz T. 
Blood. 2015 Aug 20;126(8):1005-8. doi: 10.1182/blood-2015-04-643361. 
PMID: 26065650

 

Orchestrating high-throughput genomic analysis with Bioconductor. 
Huber W, Carey VJ, Gentleman R, Anders S, Carlson M, Carvalho BS, Bravo HC, Davis S, Gatto L, Girke T, Gottardo R, Hahne F, Hansen KD, Irizarry RA, Lawrence M, Love MI, MacDonald J, Obenchain V, Oleś AK, Pagès H, Reyes A, Shannon P, Smyth GK, Tenenbaum D, Waldron L, Morgan M. 
Nat Methods. 2015 Feb;12(2):115-21. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3252. Review. 
PMID: 25633503

 

Continued response off treatment after BRAF inhibition in refractory hairy cell leukemia. 
Dietrich S, Hüllein J, Hundemer M, Lehners N, Jethwa A, Capper D, Acker T, Garvalov BK, Andrulis M, Blume C, Schulte C, Mandel T, Meissner J, Fröhling S, von Kalle C, Glimm H, Ho AD, Zenz T. 
J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jul 1;31(19):e300-3. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.45.9495. No abstract available. 
PMID:23690412

 

BRAF inhibition in refractory hairy-cell leukemia. 
Dietrich S, Glimm H, Andrulis M, von Kalle C, Ho AD, Zenz T. 
N Engl J Med. 2012 May 24;366(21):2038-40. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1202124. 
PMID:22621641

 

 

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