Long-Term Diabetes Complication: Liver Inflammation Raises Cholesterol Levels

Inflammatory processes in the liver lead to elevated cholesterol levels in people with diabetes, thus promoting subsequent vascular diseases. This is the result of a study by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische...[more]

Latin-Americans with different Native-American ancestry show different health risks

A genetic study of Chileans finds Mapuche and Aymara ancestry linked to different diseases[more]

Malaria parasites caught on tape: From ballet to pole dance

New insights by live cell microscopy: Scientists of the Heidelberg Medical School discover key protein for the “birth” of malaria parasites and hint at the function of their native curvature.[more]

A disease of affluence in Africa: People suffering from diabetes lack access to diagnosis and care

Research using data from twelve countries in sub-Saharan Africa show that most people suffering from diabetes remain undiagnosed and do not receive adequate care. In particular the young and people with low educational attainment...[more]

How oxygen radicals can protect against severe malaria

Scientists from the Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have succeeded in elucidating and specifically activating protective mechanisms against malaria. Oxygen radicals in red blood...[more]

Heidelberg Medical Faculty strengthens research in global health

Till Bärnighausen joined the Medical Faculty and the University Hospital as “Humboldt Professor for Global Health” on Sept 1, 2016. At the same time he assumed the leadership the Institute of Public Health, which is substantially...[more]

Heidelberg virologist to receive most prestigious medical-scientific award in the USA

Professor Dr Ralf Bartenschlager will be presented with the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the unofficial ‘American Nobel Prize in Medicine’ / His work leading to the establishment of hepatitis C virus cell...[more]

Tricks of Ticking time bomb Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes hepatitis B, an infectious disease that afflicts 230 million people worldwide, thereof 440 000 in Germany. Persistence of the virus in liver cells leads to progressive organ damage in the patient...[more]

New brain cancer types emerge based on molecular characteristics

An international team headed by scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has conducted a comprehensive molecular analysis of a subgroup of...[more]

A change of approach in dental care across Europe

Heidelberg University Hospital will be playing a key role in a new four-year project which aims to transform future dental care across Europe[more]

Cancer Research Consortium “IMMUNO-TRANSPORTER” funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Mainz, Heidelberg, Stuttgart June 2015 – The newly established "IMMUNO-TRANSPORTER" consor-tium will collaborate to develop innovative approaches in the field of cancer immunotherapy. The collaboration is made possible through...[more]

Schizophrenia: genetic alterations linked to functional changes in nerve cells.

A gene that influences the communication between nerve cells has a higher mutation rate in schizophrenia patients than in healthy individuals / Previously unknown gene mutations show a functional effect in nerve cells / Parallels...[more]

How does the brain develop in individuals with autism?

New mouse model for autism: Mutated gene causes parts of the brain to degenerate, leading to behavioral deficits / Geneticists from Heidelberg publish study in Molecular Psychiatry / Better understanding can help deal with disease[more]

Unpacking iron overload

A rare form of an iron overload disorder kills pancreatic function, Heidelberg scientists find.[more]

First positive results toward a therapeutic vaccine against brain cancer

Joint press release of the German Cancer Research Center and the Heidelberg University Hospital[more]

Surgery after major stroke also improves survival odds in elderly patients

In patients over 60, hemicraniectomies save lives but do not prevent severe disability / Clinical study led by Heidelberg University Hospital’s Neurology and Neurosurgery pub-lished in New England Journal of Medicine[more]

Heidelberg University researcher awarded Animal Welfare Prize of the German Research Foundation

New methods for vascular research reduce number of experimental animals / Human umbilical cord cells mimic vessel walls[more]

Lautenschläger Research Prize for Virologist Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager

Award endowed with 250,000 euros goes to an ''internationally outstanding research personality''[more]

Largest therapy trial worldwide: Psychotherapy treats anorexia effectively

Continuous weight gain after application of three psychotherapy approaches/Two new special therapy methods most effective/Researchers from Tübingen and Heidelberg university hospital psychosomatic departments publish findings in...[more]

In patients with acute cholecystitis, surgery should be performed immediately

Study led by Heidelberg University Hospital’s Department of Surgery proves advantages of immediate surgery over delaying surgery until after antibiotic treatment/Publication in Annals of Surgery[more]

Calcium in the nucleus renders neurons chronically sensitive to pain

Stronger networking of neurons in the spinal cord promotes pain memory: Researchers at Heidelberg University Hospital and Heidelberg University publish findings in Neuron [more]

Interactions between drugs can also be measured at lowest doses

Interaction at minimal dose identical to therapeutically effective dose / Pharmacological studies becoming more reliable / Study published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics[more]

Science and industry join forces to optimize cancer treatment

Joint press release of German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), Roche, Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg) and National Center for Tumor Diseases (Nationales Centrum für...[more]

What causes chronic bowel disease?

Europe-wide network for investigating irritable bowel syndrome headed by Heidelberg University Hospital/European Science Foundation provides 500,000 euros in funding for understanding causes, improving options for diagnosis and...[more]

Gigantic instrument with ultrahigh precision: Heidelberg University Hospital starts up one-of-a-kind gantry at Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT)

On October 29, 2012, German Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan and Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Science, Research, and the Arts Theresia Bauer dedicated the innovative large medical device for tumor irradiation...[more]

Kidney grafts function longer in Europe than in the United States

Heidelberg researchers identify vast differences after five and ten years/Lack of cost reimbursement for anti-rejection drugs in the United States possible factor/Publication in Transplantation[more]

How immune cells defend themselves against HIV

Heidelberg virologists decode natural blockade mechanism in the target cells of the HIV virus/Publication in the international journal Nature Medicine [more]

A gem of transplantation medicine turns 30

The Heidelberg Collaborative Transplant Study evaluates data on approx. 500,000 transplantations worldwide / Scientific basis for organ allocation and transplant treatment[more]

Elderly patients with malignant brain tumors also benefit from chemotherapy: Genetic testing helps to select treatment

Clinical study demonstrates effectiveness of temozolomide in this age group for the first time / Genetic testing facilitates decision between chemotherapy and radiation[more]

Better Prognosis for Breast Cancer in Germany

Excellent treatment results testify to high quality of care at Heidelberg University Hospital’s Breast Center / First publication of prospectively collected data in Germany[more]

Newly discovered direct connection in the brain synchronizes spatial orientation centers

Two regions of the brain which are considered to be pivotal for spatial orientation and memory are directly connected with each other via long projections of inhibitory neurons. This is reported in the journal Science by a team...[more]

Severe congenital disorder successfully treated in a mouse model for the first time

Adding a sugar to water during pregnancy protects embryos from defects/Heidelberg University Hospital researchers’ results published in Nature Medicine[more]

Protection from severe malaria explained

Defective hemoglobin prevents the establishment of an important transport system of the malaria parasite in infected blood cells/Heidelberg researchers’ results published in Science [more]

Protein causes varicose veins

Heidelberg scientists develop model for studying varicose veins / Results published in renowned journal[more]

Dioxin-like Chemical Messenger Makes Brain Tumors More Aggressive

Scientists of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered a new metabolic pathway / Successful research alliance publishes results in Nature[more]

Antibodies successful in the treatment of the hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) from EHEC

A team of physicians from Heidelberg, Montreal, and Paris report on the successful treatment of three young children in the New England Journal of Medicine[more]

A novel non-synaptic role for glutamate receptors

Blockade of glutamate receptors in peripheral nerve endings inhibits chronic pain[more]

Successful kidney transplantation despite tissue incompatibility

Results comparable with regular transplantation / Published in “Transplantation”[more]

Multiple Sclerosis – antihypertensive drug ameliorate inflammation in the brain

In an animal model, angiotensin influences the immune system / Heidelberg and Stanford neurologists publish in the “Journal of Clinical Investigation” Joint press release from Heidelberg University Hospital and the German...[more]

Antibiotics for the Prevention of Malaria

Antibiotic treatment during the liver stage of malaria generates strong protective immunity [more]

Successful treatment of therapy-resistant chronic leukemia using allogeneic stem cell transplantation

Almost 50 percent of patients without even minimal residual disease/ Study led by hematologists from Heidelberg published in “Blood”[more]

Needles improve exercise tolerance in heart patients

Clinical study proves the effectiveness of acupuncture for heart failure/ Heidelberg cardiologists publish in “Heart”[more]

New combination effective against pancreatic cancer

Substance in broccoli supports cancer therapy / Researchers in Heidelberg publish in “Cancer Research”[more]

Newly Discovered Gene Variants Lead to Autism and Mental Retardation

Inner structure of nerve synapses defective in patients / Human geneticists from Heidelberg publish in “Nature Genetics”[more]

Close Cooperation in Health Care and Medical Research

Heidelberg University Hospital signs a contract with the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia [more]

New Approach in the Analysis of Immune Responses to Cancer

Tumor-specific antibodies in the blood might be another step in early cancer detection[more]

How Nerve Cells Distinguish Odors

Heidelberg neuroscientists verify for the first time the function of inhibiting communication / Published in “Neuron” [more]

Written Press Briefing: Saturday March 13, 2010

President Mubarak recovering steadily[more]

Risk for Patients in the Intensive Care Unit Clearly Reduced

The electronic drug information system “AiDKlinik” reduces the number of adverse drug interactions and adverse events[more]

“NephroGen” lab helps children with kidney disease all over the world

Pediatricians in Heidelberg set up a special laboratory / Project financing from the Dietmar Hopp Foundation[more]