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The dream of walking – ESWT makes headlines

Originally used for treating kidney stones, extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) has extended its range of applications. Beneficial effects on bone fractures, chronic wounds and neural defects have been observed. The latter lead to the idea of ESWT for spinal cord injuries.

The results obtained at the LBI Trauma are promising – soon patients will be treated in course of the first clinical study.

Decreased death rate due to improved coagulation


Coagulopathies – conditions in which the blood’s ability to form clots is impaired – occur in one quarter of patients at the intensive care unit, with often life-threatening consequences. They are caused by high blood loss or reactions following systemic shock, but also previous intake of anticoagulants. Hemostasis and wound closure are vitally important as soon as possible after injury. To counteract coagulopathies blood transfusion in high amounts used to be the treatment of choice. However, blood products are valuable (because essential for the treatment of certain pathologies) and may cause unwanted side effects.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Der Standard

The Austrian daily newspaper featured Katja Posa, scientist at the LBI Trauma, in their series Geistesblitz (flash of genius). The article not only reported about the promising research on the application of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for treating spinal cord injury. It also paints a portrait of Katja, who besides her scientific work as molecular biologist started pursuing a medical degree to gain a complete view “from bench to bedside”, moreover likes to shoot short movies and performs as a singer.

Frozen into the future?

Fifty years ago the psychology professor James Bedford became the first person to be frozen after death, in the hope of future scientific progress which might find a cure to his late stage cancer. Today this is still the primary motivation for many followers of cryonic body preservation – more than 250 men and women have invested in a future chance.

Johannes Zipperle presents at Falling Walls Lab 2017

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute was represented by Johannes Zipperle at the Falling Walls Lab 2017. The annual innovation contest which leaves its participants a mere three minutes to present their ideas is all about breaking barriers. Johannes Zipperle, scientist and biomedical illustrator at the LBI Trauma, talked about the border between science and art and the necessity for modern science communication to tear it down. The victory went to Agnes Rainer for her exciting talk ''Breaking the Wall of Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis''.