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Molecular Diagnostics in Early Detection of Cancer

Early detection of tumors represents a widely consented strategy to decrease
cancer mortality and morbidity. Currently, early detection is limited to few tumor entities and employs techniques like physical examination (skin), laboratory analyses (prostate) or endoscopy (colon). The advent of novel molecular techniques such as targeted sequencing approaches or antibody-based proteomics and its application in liquid biopsies substantially enhanced sensitivity and specificity of screening. This core research program aims to identify diagnostic biomarkers, which allow the identification of patients at relevant risk of cancer development or relapse.

Achievements

Aims

The sequential analysis of biomaterial from individuals who participate in cohort- studies and develop any kind of malignant disease during follow-up will provide unique information with respect to tumorigenesis and identification of predictive markers. Systems-oriented biomedical research to analyze the diverse set of sequential multi-omics data using state-of-the-art methods from biostatistics and machine learning will be promoted. The new developed highly sensitive and specific NGS-based technique from TRON will be used to identify ctDNA in patients with stage II/III colorectal cancer after adjuvant chemotherapy. In addition, minimal residual disease (MRD) positivity will be coupled to (pseudo)adjuvant, individualized immunogenic RNA vaccine intervention within a proof-of-concept clinical trial within the regional UCT Mainz network.

Working Groups

Department of Internal Medicine I - Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Infection, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Disorders:

 Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis Mainz:

Most significant publications since 2015