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Sanofi Aventis Foundation prizes for three MedUni Vienna researchers

Thirteen outstanding young Austrian scientists receive awards
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from left: Johanna Hummer, Head of Human Resources Sanofi Österreich; Monika Linke; Anne Miller; Christine Bandtlow, Vize-Rector for Research and International Relations at the Medical University of Innsbruck. @Florian Lechner.

(Innsbruck/Vienna, 09 November 2018) This year's "Sanofi Prizes for the Promotion of Medical Research in Austria" (Sanofi Research Prizes) were presented at the Medical University of Innsbruck on 08 November 2018 to thirteen outstanding young scientists from the medical universities of Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck and the Paracelsus Private Medical University in Salzburg. Three of the awards went to young researchers from MedUni Vienna.

Sanofi research prizes went to Monika Linke (Institute of Medical Genetics), Anne Miller and Dimitrios Tsiantoulas (both from the Division of Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics). Linke for her paper entitled "Chronic signaling via the metabolic checkpoint kinase mTORC1 induces macrophage granuloma formation and marks sarcoidosis progression"; Miller for "Exploring Metabolic Configurations of Single Cells within Complex Tissue Microenvironments" and Tsiantoulas for "BAFF Neutralization Aggravates Atherosclerosis".

Overview of the 2018 prize-winners and their work:

Medical University of Innsbruck

Anamika Dayal for "The Ca2+ influx through the mammalian skeletal muscle dihydropyridine receptor is irrelevant for muscle performance"
Fabian Schuler for "Checkpoint kinase 1 is essential for normal B cell development and lymphomagenesis"
Karin Willeit for "Association Between Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule 1 and Atrial Fibrillation"

Medical University of Graz
Helmut Bischof for "Novel genetically encoded fluorescent probes enable real-time detection of potassium in vitro and in vivo"
Veronica Caraffini for "Loss of RKIP is a frequent event in myeloid sarcoma and promotes leukemic tissue infiltration"
Johannes Schmid for "Elevated Cardiac Troponin T in Patients With Skeletal Myopathies"

Paracelsus Private Medical University, Salzburg
Manuela Pilz for "Autologous bifurcated carotid artery reconstruction: Technique and 2-year follow up"
Simon Gampenrieder and Gabriel Rinnerthaler for "DNA Methylation Signatures Predicting Bevacizumab Efficacy in Metastatic Breast Cancer"
Patricia Peking for "An RNA-targeted therapy for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa"

Medical University of Vienna
Monika LINKE for "Chronic signaling via the metabolic checkpoint kinase mTORC1 induces macrophage granuloma formation and marks sarcoidosis progression"
Anne MILLER for "Exploring Metabolic Configurations of Single Cells within Complex Tissue Microenvironments"
Dimitrios TSIANTOULAS for "BAFF Neutralization Aggravates Atherosclerosis"