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St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute

Last update on: 04/09/2009

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Please have a look at the overview of the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute located in Vienna.

The Founding of the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute

This PowerPoint presentation describes how the founding of the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute came to be.

A presentation by Univ.-Prof Helmut Gadner, which was held as part of the scholastic and the public forum "Understanding Cancer - Saving Lives" on 20 November 2008.

Childhood cancer research at St. Anna

Painstaking work in many small steps

In order to develop a new method of diagnosis or to understand the mechanisms leading to the origin of cancer from the ground up, painstaking research is necessary. An endless number of small steps finally lead to success. This approach - not void of setbacks - can take many years. .

 

1988 - Starting signal

In 1988, three work groups moved into the renovated attic level of the St. Anna Children's Hospital - the first researchers hardly had any furnishings and lab reagents in the beginning, but made up for it with their enthusiasm.

 

2009 – Networked Research

Today, there are already nine teams from 5 nations, among them doctors, natural scientists, biotechnologists. They pursue their passion for research at a surpassing scientific level and with high-tech equipment - from examining sick cells to promising clinical studies. They exchange experiences on a continual basis with the doctors of the St. Anna Children's Hospital, who are administering treatment and are in close contact with renowned, international cancer researchers.

 

Donations are crucial

The scientific work at St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute is primarily funded by donations: there is neither basic funding from the public sector nor major sponsors.

 

Funding of research at national and international levels

The only additional source of funds for donations represents the funding of specific research projects by national and international research funding organisations. National funding from the FWF, Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Work, the anniversary fund of the National Bank of Austria and the ZIT, Centre for Innovative Technology, plays a large role in the funding of research.

 

Internationally Recognised Paediatric Cancer Research

The St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute has earned exceptionally high international recognition in the hard-fought research scene. The small, independent research institute continues to assume a leading role in international partnership projects and sets new standards in treating cancer in children and adolescents.

 

St. Anna researchers earned considerable recognition e.g. for researching bone tumours, neuroblastoma, leukemia , and in the areas of blood stem cell transplant immunology, minimal residual disease and microbiological diagnostics.