Health, Medicine & Biology
„The WWTF makes an enormously important contribution to basic research in the field of health: the curated calls for proposals really get us ahead in Vienna!“
Recent WWTF Projects
Understanding intestinal diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that affect 10-15% of Western society. Bacterial biofilms are crucial in the development of these diseases. Understanding such biofilms is the aim of Markus Muttenthaler’s project.
Building with stem cells
Stem cells have the remarkable ability to form many different types of cells and tissues in the body. The goal of Elly Tanaka’s project is to use stem cells to grow three-dimensional spinal cord tissue in a cell culture dish.
Fighting cancer in children
Ewing's sarcoma is a tumor that occurs primarily in adolescents and young adults, and for which treatment is not always available. "Liquid biopsy" (analysis of tumor DNA in blood) offers an alternative to conventional tumor biopsies and offers new possibilities for precision medicine. The goal of Eleni Tomazou and her team is to to tackle this pediatric cancer with the help of more precise diagnostic methods.