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Sylvia Nürnberger is MedUni Vienna’s Researcher of the Month


In December 2020, MedUni Vienna awarded the title “Researcher of the Month” to Sylvia Nürnberger, head of the cartilage regeneration group at LBI Trauma. The award was presented to her on the occasion of the study “Repopulation of an auricular cartilage scaffold, AuriScaff, perforated with an enzyme combination” published in the Top Journal Acta Biomaterialia.

µCT analysis determines survival time of Stone Age twins


In 2005, archaeological excavations on the Wachtberg in Krems an der Donau (Austria) revealed two Upper Paleolithic infant burials. Among them was the 31,000 years old double burial of two infants, protected by the shoulder blade of a mammoth and well preserved. Genetic, morphological and chemical studies were able to identify the two infants as identical twins and shed light on their short survival time.

The Human Touch among the Top10 finalists for the S&B Award


The Rudolf Sallinger Fund awards early-stage commercialization ideas based on state-of-the-art research with the S&B Award. With his Start-Up company The Human TouchJohannes Hackethal made it among the top 10. The winner will be awarded with € 20,000 as well as mentoring services and other support offers for their commercialization idea. All projects placed 2-10 will receive mentoring services and other support offers for their commercialization idea. 

Voting is possible until Monday, October 5, 12:00 at!

Safety for patients and staff: COVID-19 testing at LBI Trauma


Hundreds of employees ensure that the AUVA trauma centers continue to operate even in times of the pandemic. Their work puts them at increased risk of infection, and it is therefore of utmost importance to maintain a high level of safety regarding COVID-19.

This is where the LBI trauma comes into play. During lockdown, the scientists were sent to work from home, leaving the laboratories empty. Head of the institute Johannes Grillari, and chemist Michaela Stainer, both experts in the field of molecular biology, soon recognized the chance to bring the expertise as well as the equipment to good use and assist the AUVA in the fight against COVID-19. Protocols were established and the highly sought after reagents were obtained. Numerous scientists joined the initiative and volunteered to work in the test laboratory. The University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and BOKU Vienna provided advice and assistance.

Unique microRNA profile linked to PLS3 gene-related osteoporosis


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNA fragments that play an integral role in various biological processes by regulating gene expression and protein translation. In bone, miRNAs directly affect osteogenic cell maturation and function, and thus partake in fetal skeletal development and maintenance of postnatal bone health. In a recent study performed by scientists from LBI Trauma and BOKU, they were able to identify a change in microRNA levels associated with PLS3 mutation.