Prof. Franz Schaefer won prestigous Black Pearl Award 2022!

The jury has come to a decision: Prof. Franz Schaefer won the prestigous Black Pearl Award 2022 in the category “science and research”. The European Rare Disease Patient Organisation (EURORDIS) honours Prof. Schaefers outstanding commitment to rare disease research as well as his innovative work in the field of rare kidney diseases. Especially his role in setting up the European Reference Network for Rare Diseases (ERKNet) and his contributions to the EU Rare Diseases Funding Programme (EJP-RD) were praised.

NEOCYST would like to thank Franz for his exceptional commitment and we congratulate him wholeheartedly!

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Dr. Jens König and Mareike Dahmer-Heath win the 2021 Peter-Foundation research award!

Dr. Jens König and Mareike Dahmer-Heath from the NEOCYST Team Münster have been granted the prestigious Peter-Foundation research award 2021.

The aim of the Peter-Foundation is to fund inventive research in the field of pediatric nephrology. In a competitive process, involving numerous top-quality research proposals Dr. Jens König and Mareike Dahmer-Heath have been announced the award winners for 2021. The price is worth €10.000 and will motivate the two young scientists to focus on the implementation of innovative, non-invasive biomarkers as disease progression prediction tools in the setting of rare childhood ciliopathies.

Huge congratulations to Jens and Mareike from the entire NEOCYST Consortium!  

Did you smell that?

Our sense of smell protects us from food poisoning and warns us of dangers like gas, smoke and fire. Newborns have already a fully developed sense of smell and know the unique scent of the mother´s breast.

But what´s the connection between cilia and the sense of smell? Everything we smell is giving off molecules that we breath in through our nose. These odor molecules are then detected by olfactory cells. These cells are equipped with a large number of cilia and function as gatekeepers for odor detection.

So, do people with ciliopathies suffer from olfactory dysfunction? We were able to investigate the sense of smell in various ciliopathies thanks to the many volunteers who participated in our study.

A mascot for NEOCYST

Every great team needs a mascot and we found the perfect one.

Please join us in welcoming Paul to the team!

Paul is a young male koala who was badly affected by the horrific Australian fires in 2019/2020. He was found curled up on the burnt ground severely dehydrated. His hands and feet suffered burns that usually occur when the koala climbs down the burning trunk of the tree. He was taken to the Koala Hospital where he is now being treated with the aim to release him back to his home range.

Good luck for your recovery Paul!