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Rejuvenating the leadership at LBI Trauma


For the past 20 years the institute was led by Heinz Redl. Although he can look back on an impressive carrier, he likes to shift the attention away from himself and towards research. “Art is I, Science is We” The quote from Claude Bernard, pinned to his office door, reminds visitors of his motto. The Austrian Cluster for Tissue Engineering is just one example of his ongoing efforts for collaboration and cooperation within the scientific community.

Marcin Osuchowski will speak at the opening session of the 9th “Sepsis Update” International Congress


Dr. Marcin Osuchowski, the head of Intensive Medicine (and sepsis research group) at LBI Trauma, has recently been invited to the 2019’s “Sepsis Update” Congress on sepsis and multi-organ dysfunction attended by the Who is Who in the international sepsis community. Dr.  Osuchowski, together with Drs. Singer, Angus and Weigand, will cover topics centered on the main theme of this year’s congress: “Tribute to Translation”. Specifically, Dr. Osuchowski will discuss utility of preclinical models in sepsis research with a talk titled “Quality thresholds in preclinical sepsis models”.

The eye of the beholder – histological image wins photo competition


Scientific results are evaluated based on objective criteria, while beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Time and again research yields images which are perceived as beautiful, yet this subjective aspect is often overlooked. A contest organized by the MuSkITYR aimed to bring them into the spotlight. Under the headline Science meets Art they were looking for images from the field of musculoskeletal research which they jury then assessed for their artistic value.

AuriScaff enables full repopulation of cartilage matrix


For the treatment of articular cartilage defects, autologous cells are implanted in combination with a scaffold material which not only provides structural support but also effectively guides cellular behavior and influences the quality of the resulting matrix. Yet, studies have shown that biomaterials currently in clinical use do not mimic the architecture and composition of hyaline cartilage.

Best Abstract Award at the LBG Health Science Meeting 2018 for Susanne Drechsler


Susanne Drechsler received a best abstract award for her work “Characterization of microbial spread during abdominal sepsis by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)” at the LBG Health Science Meeting 2018.

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ-dysfunction caused by a dys-regulated immune response to an infection. This study compared two methods for identification and characterization of bacteria in the circulation and the abdominal fluid during abdominal sepsis. Microbiology cultures, the standard method, were compared to NGS, a faster and more sensible method for detection of cell-free bacterial DNA.

Registration Deadline: 2nd INTERREG - 7th TERMIS Winterschool 2019


The 2nd INTERREG - 7th TERMIS Winterschool 2019 will take place in Radstadt, Salzburg, Austria from January 13th-16th, 2019 under the headline "Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration: From Mechanobiology to in Vitro/in Vivo Models and Advanced Imaging". Registration is open until December 20th

This is a great opportunity for students to get first-hand insights in performing preclinical (in vitro and in vivo) models as well as in vivo imaging. Participants are also invited to present posters on the workshop’s topic. Networking will be encouraged with team activities in a beautiful environment and ski slopes just 100 m from the meeting venue.

New habilitation: "Endothelial cells and their molecular functions in angiogenesis and vascularization”


Congratulations to Wolfgang Holnthoner, head of the endothelium and vascularization group, on his recent habilitation at the Medical University of Vienna!

In his thesis “Endothelial cells and their molecular functions in angiogenesis and vascularization”, he describes the role of endothelial cells in the formation and growth of blood and lymphatic vessels.