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Biomarkers for early detection are the key to fighting Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s 

Leading researchers from all over the world are meeting at the 13th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases at the Austria Center Vienna to discuss degenerative diseases, their causes, diagnostic processes and therapeutic approaches.

•       Around 130,000 people in Austria suffer from dementia and 20,000 have Parkinson’s

•       The number of cases of Alzheimer’s is increasing worldwide, and could reach 110 million by 2050

•       Disease caused by environmental influences as well as genetic factors

•       Progression of the disease: protein deposits in the brain associate with nerve cell dysfunction

•       Austrian researchers leading the way in detection: degenerative diseases affect not only nerve cells – supporting tissue known as glial cells can also be affected (ARTAG: aging-related tau astrogliopathy)

Prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s possible in the near future through innovative diagnostics 

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Assoc. Prof. Priv. Doz. Dr. Gabor G. Kovacs (c) MUW
Hall A (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG

Breast cancer research: mortality rates falling and individual therapies at the ready

Fewer and fewer women are dying as a result of breast cancer thanks to a combination of improved early detection and the continued development of new and existing therapies. At the St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference, held at the Austria Center Vienna from 15-18 March, a group of leading international experts drew up and agreed on a set of therapy recommendations that will be used in everyday clinical practice as a guideline for breast cancer therapies.

  • The number of new cases is falling; 80% of early-stage patients cured        
  • Genetic predisposition is overestimated: just 5% of breast cancer cases down to inherited mutations

  • Breast removal is not a panacea, breast-conserving surgery is the standard: preventive care, not scaremongering in the media

  • Individual therapy instead of overtreatment the central focus of the 15th St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference

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Hall A (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG
Prof. Dr. Michael Gnant (c) Michael Gnant

Saving brains and poisoning tumours: Interventional radiology in the ascendancy in Austria

Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the most common causes of death in Austria. Interventional radiology focuses on both the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. These new options also play a decisive role when it comes to treating high-risk surgical patients.

  • Time is brain: 10% of men and 6% of women over 60 suffer a stroke – acute therapy possible via catheter

  • Tumours are heated, bombarded, frozen and even poisoned:

    • Inoperable liver cancer tumours can be treated with transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) – allowing for precisely targeted chemotherapy
    • Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) increasingly gaining a foothold in Austria – radiation therapy possible in the smallest of vessels

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Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, pov.at
Hall ABC (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Prim.Univ.-Prof.Dr.Klaus Hausegger (c) Klaus Hausegger

Public Health - there is more to health promotion than just medical care

Awareness of how to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as social and political factors have to be in tune. The real key to keeping people healthy is under discussion by 1,800 public health experts at the 9th European Public Health Conference held at the Austria Center Vienna from 9-12 November 2016. For conditions to improve, health issues need to play a bigger part in both day-to-day life and political decision-making processes.

  • Contributory factors: peaceful society, clean environment and healthy food

  •  Presentation of the latest guidelines for improved public health: the Vienna Declaration

  • Central issues facing society under discussion: smoking cessation, impact of smartphones and tablets or negative effects of loneliness among older people 

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Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, pov.at
Hall ABC (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dorner (c) Thomas Dorner

Food intolerance – fact or fad?

Gluten, lactose and histamine intolerance: in today’s society it is hard to find anyone that does not have some form of food intolerance.
From 15-19 October around 9,000 researchers, clinicians and industry representatives will get together at the Austria Center Vienna to discuss the latest scientific findings in this area at United European Gastroenterology’s UEG Week. One of the central focuses of this year’s event is on detecting food allergies and the increasing prevalence of intolerances. Fad, economic driver for the food and beverages industry, or a genuine health concern for today’s generation?   

  • Healthy intestines thanks to natural foodstuffs, mindful preparation, enjoyment and sufficient exercise
     
  • Significant rise in intolerance rates in the 20-30 age bracket
     
  • Triggers include genetic predisposition, stress and poor diet
     
  • Just 1-3 percent of Austrian adults actually suffer from some form a food allergy

  • IgG4-Tests are not helpful

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Dr. Alexander Moschen (c) Alexander Moschen
Dr. Susanne Baumann-Söllner (c) IAKW-AG, Andreas Hofer
Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, pov.at
Hall ABC (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
UEG-Week 1 (c) IAKW-AG, bildgewaltig.at Grundschober
UEG-Week 2 (c) IAKW-AG, bildgewaltig.at Grundschober

New drug combination could improve skin cancer therapies

Study results reveal that the effect of immunotherapy on malignant melanoma can be enhanced by combining it with other cancer treatments. Research is also looking at ways to reduce the strong side effects. These and other findings are being presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress at the Austria Center Vienna from 28 September to 2 October.

  • Study shows: immunotherapy with drug combination improves outcomes in the treatment of metastasising black skin cancer

  • New combinations of antibodies could improve treatment outcomes reducing side effects 

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Dr. Christoph Höller (c) Christoph Höller
Hall ABC (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG

One in 10 Austrians suffers from depression: new nasal spray with ketamine delivers rapid assistance

On 17 September 2016 a group of leading international experts will meet at the Austria Center Vienna on the opening day of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) annual congress. Various experts from MedUni Vienna will share their insights into the use of ketamine in the treatment of depression. Used in surgery for years, the fast-acting narcotic is an effective treatment option, confirms Siegfried Kasper, head of the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.  

  • Almost 10% of Austrians suffer from depression. The illness usually manifests itself in people aged between 40 and 50 and is triggered by general life events.

  • New silver bullet against depression is currently being research at MedUni Vienna: nasal spray with ketamine gets to work within 20 minutes.

  • Depressive episodes are triggered by a neurotransmitter imbalance. Ketamine, a narcotic substance, helps to restore the GABA/glutamate Balance.

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O.Univ.Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Dr.med.univ. Siegfried Kasper (c) MedUni Wien, Matern
Nasal spray (c) Istock
Hall ABC (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Martin Benik
Logo ECNP (c) ECNP

Active ageing: resistance and endurance training increases brain function, boosts the immune system, prevents tumours and cancer, and stops muscle loss in the elderly 

Studies by the Austrian University of Vienna confirm the importance of exercise in old age – the Vienna Active Ageing Study highlights the effects of exercise on the immune system. At the ECSS Congress from 6-9 July around 3,000 sports scientists from all over the world will discuss the latest findings from the world of sports medicine, biomechanics and performance diagnostics at the Austria Center Vienna.

  • At least 5-15% of over 60s worldwide suffer from some age-related degenerative muscle loss

  • Austrian study confirms: improved quality of life through resistance training – up to 30% increase in muscle mass possible at any age

  • Building up the skeletal muscles enhances brain function, boosts the immune system and reduces cancer risk

  • Simple key to improving personal wellbeing: 10,000 steps

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Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Martin Benik
Congress with participants (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Assoc.-Prof. DI Dr. Barbara Wessner (c) Foto Wilke
Logo ECSS (c) ECSS

Austrian ski researchers trigger rule change for professionals which sees the number of serious injuries drop by 24 percent in just four years

The nation’s top researchers will present their findings at the ECSS Congress at the Austria Center Vienna from 6-9 July. Focuses include the optimal length and taper for skis as well as the positive health effects of the sport on older skiers

  • Injury risks use of unsuitable materials and tendency for skiers to overestimate their own ability 

  • Austrian study leads to change in FIS regulation on taper, length and width of skis: 24 percent drop in  serious injuries in the past four years 

  • Risk of accident halved over the past 15 years for recreational skiers thanks to better materials and more moderate approach to sport 

  • Positive effects confirmed: skiing is good for the health of older skiers

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Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Martin Benik
Congress with participants (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Univ. Prof. Dr. Erich Müller (c) Foto Scheinast
Logo ECSS (c) ECSS

Austrian sports scientists develop custom fitness apps, confirming their top international research credentials

When it comes to developing apps to monitor and fine-tune patterns of movement, and using real-time, custom performance diagnostics to analyse sports, Vienna’s Institute of Sports Science leads the international field. The latest research findings and pioneering international technologies will be presented at the ECSS Congress at the Austria Center Vienna from 6-9 July.

  • Viennese scientists develop customisable fitness apps that take the individual’s physical profile into account 

  • Austria leads the way: technology to analyse movement in competitive and recreational sports 

  • Football analysis tool tracks behaviour and patterns of movement

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Panorama Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Martin Benik
Congress with participants (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl
Assoc.-Prof. DI Dr. Barbara Wessner (c) Foto Wilke
Logo ECSS (c) ECSS

“Protect the kidneys, save the heart” – in Austria alone, more than one million people suffer from chronic kidney disorders

Simple tests and an early detection drive led by general practitioners aims to reduce new incidents of kidney disease and prevent the development of subsequent cardiovascular conditions. The Austrian pilot project and the latest research findings in the field of nephrology will be presented at the Austria Center Vienna from 21-24 May at the European ERA-EDTA Kidney Congress.

  • Status quo: 1 million Austrians suffer from mild chronic kidney damage and a further 200,000 have significant renal disorders
  • Additional issue: three quarters of those affected have no idea they are living with a kidney condition
  • Simple early detection through blood and urinetests can save lives, particularly in high-risk groups 

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Karl Lhotta (c) Karl Lhotta
Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Marius Höfinger
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New therapeutic approaches for patients with chronic kidney disease and permanent renal failure in Austria 

Around 9,000 people suffer from permanent renal failure In Austria alone. But there is hope that a new generation of “portable artificial kidneys” will alleviate the burden on dialysis patients. Innovative medicines are also being developed to stop or delay the onset of end-stage kidney failure in sufferers of chronic kidney disease. Key developments in this field and virtually all nephrological specialisms will be presented at the Austria Center Vienna from 21-24 May at the European ERA-EDTA Kidney Congress.

  • Constant increase in the number of patients with permanent renal failure – up 26% since 2005

  • Personalised therapy for chronic kidney diseases made possible by new medicines, and in certain cases biological drugs, as well as hormone treatments for genetic kidney diseases

  • Living with dialysis – constraints on daily life, high transplant rate in Austria improving quality of life for 4,700 patients

  • Pioneering treatment breakthroughs for the largest risk group – diabetics – thanks to innovative pharmaceuticals 

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Gert Mayer (c) Gert Mayer
Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG
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EGU: flood defences, natural resources and deflecting incoming asteroids: latest geoscience research presented next week

  • Flood risk – geoscientists call for more investment in inter-regional defence measures; best practice example: EUR 66m project Tyrol 

  • 1°C temperature increase: dry spells in the Waldviertel and Weinviertel regions as well as in Burgenland and Carinthia demonstrate the need for integrated water networks

  • Responsible use of resourcessmartphones 75 elements contain around, including many rare earth metals while a standard device only uses a fraction of this amount. Scientists looking for alternatives

  • At press conferences, researchers will reveal the discovery of giant seafloor craters in the Arctic, how we could deflect an incoming asteroid, and what the latest results on Arctic sea ice decline are, among other exciting results.

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Günter Blöschl (c) IAKW-AG, bildgewaltig.at
Susanne Baumann-Söllner (c) IAKW-AG, Andreas Hofer
Hans Thybo (c) Hans Thybo
Entrance Hall at EGU (c) IAKW-AG, Harry Schiffer

Hospital pharmacists: drive to expand provision of service for patients and increase pharmacological safety 

  • Demand: just 17 percent of Austrian hospitals currently have their own dispensing pharmacies. Hospital pharmacist Dr. Gunar Stemer: seamless nationwide service needed to safeguard patient wellbeing. 

  • Project at Vienna General Hospital (AKH) confirms that presence of hospital pharmacists on wards aids better identification of problems with pharmaceutical therapies, leading to greater benefits for patients

From 16-18 March a group of over 3,500 international hospital pharmacists will meet at the Austria Center Vienna to discuss approaches, new technologies and the need for a partnership-based approach to treatment at the annual Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP).

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Gunar Stemer (c) Robert Polster
Room ABC with participants (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl

Radiology congress: hybrid imaging opens door to faster and more accurate tumour diagnosis

Close cooperation between radiology and nuclear medicine on hybrid imaging has helped bring about more efficient, more accurate and faster diagnosis for oncological, neurological and cardiovascular diseases. Access to high-tech combination equipment shown to be sufficient in Austria. From 2-6 March more than 20,000 participants will converge on the Austria Center Vienna for the European Congress of Radiology, where they will discuss the latest advances in hybrid imaging and new applications for the technology.

  • Hybrid imaging as a more efficient, more accurate and faster diagnostic tool

  • Access to PET/CT scanners in Austria above the European average 

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Austria Center Vienna (c) European Society of Radiology, Harry Schiffer
Thomas Beyer (c) WU Vienna, Austria

Radiology congress: prostate cancer in the cross hairs and up to 30% lower incidence of long-term disability after stroke now possible

New diagnostic approach for prostate cancer, biomarkers for even more closely targeted cancer treatments and arteriosclerosis, and a new area of stroke treatment for radiologists: from 2-6 March more than 20,000 experts from over 100 countries will get together to compare notes on the latest medical advances at the European Congress of Radiology at the Austria Center Vienna.

  • Diagnostic milestones in cardiology and oncology

  • Biomarkers revolutionising radiology

  • New radiological stroke treatment saves up to 30% more lives 

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Entrance Hall (c) European Society of Radiology, Harry Schiffer
Wolfgang Schima (c) Vinzenzgruppe

Mark Zuckerberg sparks international vaccination debate – 800 medical experts compared notes on Saturday at the Austrian Vaccination Day

On 8 January Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg triggered discussions all over the world when he posted a photo of his baby online alongside the comment “Doctor’s visit – time for vaccines”. 

And on Saturday 16 January a group of international experts at the Austria Center Vienna talked to 800 physicians and other individuals working in various areas of healthcare about the relationship between personalised vaccination plans and universal immunisation programmes.Risk groups such as premature babies, cancer patients and people suffering from autoimmune diseases require personalised prevention solutions. In future a digital vaccination pass will help improve record keeping and boost vaccination rates.

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Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt (c) Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt
room D congress (c) IAKW-AG, Ludwig Schedl

6,000 lawyers at the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) in Vienna

Members of the world’s largest association of lawyers, the IBA, will converge on the Austria Center Vienna from 4-9 October. The Austrian legal profession has a strong international profile in a range of areas including arbitration.

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Michael Kutschera, Managing Partner of Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH and President of the Host Committee for the IBA (c) Franz Helmreich

More than three million Austrians suffer from immune disease

From 6-9 September more than 4,000 immunologists will converge on the Austria Center Vienna for the European Immunology Congress (ECI).Basic immunological research and immune therapies are among the focuses of this year’s event, which will also celebrate breakthroughs in the fight against allergies, autoimmune disease and cancer.

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Portrait Winfried W. Pickl, Head of Department at the Medical University of Vienna’s Institute of Immunologycongress president of the ECI 2015

Giving the gift of sight and quality of life

4,000 European eye specialists to meet in Vienna at the start of June for the SOE2015 ophthalmology congress. From 6-9 June the latest findings from the worlds of neuro-ophthalmology, retina research and corneal surgery will be presented at the Austria Center Vienna. These advances will provide a ray of light for around 3.43 million patients in Austria alone.

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Portrait Professor Susanne Binder (c) Photoatelier Prader
Austria Center Vienna (c) IAKW-AG, Marius Höfinger

A brighter future for 80,000 children in Austria

From 12 to 17 April around 12,000 top international scientists will descend on the Austria Center Vienna for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. This year's programme, with more than 800 interdisciplinary sessions, features debates on water security and on negotiating climate policy. 

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Portrait Günther Bernert (c) Günther Bernert

A voyage through scales

From 12 to 17 April around 12,000 top international scientists will descend on the Austria Center Vienna for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. This year's programme, with more than 800 interdisciplinary sessions, features debates on water security and on negotiating climate policy. 

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Portrait Susanne Baumann-Söllner (Head of Austria Center Vienna) and Günter Blöschl (President of the EGU)

14th International St. Gallen Breast Cancer Congress on its way to Vienna in 2015

From 18-21 March around 3,500 doctors from all over the world will meet at the Austria Center Vienna for the 14th international St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference. International standards for clinical practice worldwide will be laid down at a consensus meeting at the end of the event. Meanwhile, a series of joint projects is helping to bring Austrian and Swiss researchers closer together.

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Portrait Michael Gnant (c) MedUniWien/Matern
Portrait Hansjörg Senn (c) ZeTuP St. Gallen

Radiology - no therapy without diagnosis

From 4-8 March 20,000 radiologists will converge on the Austria Center Vienna for the European Congress of Radiology.With around 100 Austrian speakers and moderators ready to shed light on the latest medical advances, this year’s ECR once again demonstrates the leading role played by the nation’s radiologists on the international stage.

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Portrait Wolfgang Schima (c) Vinzenzgruppe

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