New Centre for Metabolic and Immunological Diseases and Therapeutic Technologies Saxony in Dresden

On Monday, December 3, the construction of the new Centre for Metabolic and Immunological Diseases and Therapeutic Technologies Saxony (MITS) began with the official groundbreaking ceremony. The MITS is affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine at Technische Universität Dresden and the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

The federal and state governments are supporting the new modern research building, which will require investments of more than 35.5 million euros.

Together, experts in internal medicine, endocrinology, immunology, surgery, transplantation medicine, cell biology, and materials science will develop new medical approaches at the centre. Their work will concentrate primarily on new methods for the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, many transCampus projects will benefit directly from the new capacities.

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded to Prof. Stefan R. Bornstein

On November 20, Professor Stefan R. Bornstein was awarded the Federal Order of Merit for his scientific and social commitment to honour his achievements in the field of patient-oriented diabetes therapy as well as his international activities.

"The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is perhaps the highest official recognition I could have received for my work. At the same time, it is a symbol that it is right to commit oneself to society and to people," says transCampus Dean Stefan Bornstein.

Bornstein also emphasized the importance of international cooperation. "Today, science only works because we have learned to think outside the box. You will not be able to launch an innovation on your own. You have to rely on the experience of your colleagues, on networks and on cooperation."

transCampus develops collaborative links to include materials research

Overseen by Saxonian Minister-President Michael Kretschmer, a Memorandum of Un-derstanding has been signed between the London based Thomas Young Centre, (a col-laboration of research groups from King’s, Imperial College, Queen Mary University London and UCL), and TU Dresden.

The Memorandum will see the transCampus initiative, which builds collaborative re-search relationships between experts from Germany and the UK, broaden its scope to include materials research, which includes elements of applied physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering.

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Minister-President of Saxony visits transCampus at KCL

King’s College London President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne, and Professor Sir Robert Lechler (King's Provost/Senior Vice President) welcomed the Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony Michael Kretschmer to Science Gallery London on Friday 5th October.

During his visit, Minister-President Michael Kretschmer interviewed medical students from TU Dresden who currently spend a practical term at King’s College as well as a Joint-PhD-student of the International Research Training Group ICSMD.

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Depression and Type 2 Diabetes

Oxford University Press recently published a book about 'Depression and Type 2 Diabetes'. Written and edited by internationally recognized clinicians, the book offers a unique perspective on the outstanding controversies of the epidemiology, mechanisms and treatment of the depression-type 2 diabetes comorbidity. The publication was developed within the framework of the DAAD-funded Thematic Network ‘International Network on Diabetes and Depression (IN2D)' and many chapters are the result of collaborations in the transCampus.

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Clinical benefits of metabolic surgery explained by transCampus-Professor F. Rubino

Francesco Rubino is a world-renowned expert in metabolic surgery and holds the Chair of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at King’s College London. His work has been essential in establishing metabolic surgery as a new treatment option in the management of Type 2 Diabetes.

The Economist now published a video that features the metabolic surgery service in London and narrates the story of one of Professor Rubino’s patients. The video explains the clinical benefits of metabolic surgery as well as the research implications and how surgery may help the search of a cure of diabetes.

F. Rubino co-supervises two student projects in the IRTG 2251: ICSMD, a joint PhD student programme of King’s College London and TU Dresden.

IRTG - First Annual Update Brochure Released

The first twelve months of the International Research Training Group "Immunological and Cellular Strategies in Metabolic Disease" have been highly successful. To mark the occasion, the First Annual Update booklet has been released, which provides an insight into what the IRTG has achieved so far.

As of April 2018, the IRTG comprises 21 ambitious projects, each of which is being jointly supervised by renowned experts from King's College London and TU Dresden. The annual update provides information about these projects as well as information about the Steering Commitee, the External Advisory Board, achievements, and events. Moreover, an overview of selected publications of the IRTG consortium since 2017 is included.

The booklet can be downloaded here:
First Annual Update 2018


From 17 to 21 September 2018 the International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences (ISTL) will take place in Dresden for the sixth time. As an annual event organized by the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden, the ISTL has had great success in helping researchers to patent their ideas and bring them to the market. The event will be hosted by the Medical Faculty with experts from the fields of technology evaluation, patenting, licensing, and spin-off development. Participants will gain insight into the theoretical background just as they will get the chance to practice pitching a project with real investors.

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UPDATE: 1st ESM/EVBO Summer School, July 1-5, 2018 in Dresden Apply now!

Based on a joint effort from representatives of TU Dresden and King’s College London, the first Summer School of the European Society for Microcirculation (ESM) and the European Vascular Biology Organization (EVBO) will take place in Dresden from July 1-5, 2018.

"We want to attract mainly early researchers - PhD and MD students in the first years of their research as well as postdocs whose PhD was obtained within the last two years." says Henning Morawietz, Head of Division of Vascular Endothelium and Microcirculation in Dresden. Abstracts can be sumitted until April 25, 2018, to

Richard Siow, Vice-Dean International of the KCL Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, looks forward to welcoming the participants in Dresden, which "offers a variety of cultural highlights like the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Royal Palace, Zwinger, Semper Opera House, Albertinum, Elbe castles, or the ‘Blue Wonder’ bridge, and therefore will be the perfect location for the first ESM/EVBO Summer School."

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First retreat of the International Research Training Group ICSMD

Students and supervisors of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) met in Dresden for the first annual retreat from the 7th to the 9th of February. The currently 21 IRTG projects are focused on "Immunological and Cellular Strategies in Metabolic Disease". Each student has a supervisor at TU Dresden and King’s College London, highly profit from the complementary expertise and resources from both partner universities.

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The President of King’s College London visits DRESDEN-concept partners

Numerous DRESDEN-concept (DDc) partner institutions opened their doors to a very special guest: Prof. Ed Byrne, Principal and President of King’s College London (KCL).

Originating in medicine, the transCampus partnership between TUD and KCL has grown into other research areas such as telecommunications. Last year, many DDc partners accompanied the Science Exhibition to KCL, where they held tandem lectures with their London colleagues. The aim was to expand the existing collaboration to include other DRESDEN-concept partners.

During his visit in January Professor Byrne not only paid a visit to TU Dresden but also to the Dresden State Art Collections, the Leibniz IPF, the Max-Bergmann-Centre, OncoRay, CRTD and the SLUB, where he familiarised himself with Dresden-based research topics.

Joining forces against Parkinson

Based on successful previous collaborations on wrist-worn accelerometers called Parkinson’s KinetiGraph, leading neurologists from KCL and TUD are now taking on the non-motor syndrome of idiopathic Parkinson`s disease. The projects are led by Professor Ray Chaudhuri (Professor of Movement Disorders and the Medical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence) and Professor Heinz Reichmann (Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden).

In the EU funded H2020 consortium i-PROGNOSIS both institutions jointly contribute to the development of a technology platform for early detection of Parkinson’s and human intervention studies.

"Following metabolic and diabetic exchange between our two institutions I am very happy that now neurodegenerative diseases are also part of our program", says Heinz Reichmann, who is also Dean of the Carl Gustav Carus Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden

transCampus building bridges in telecommunications research

With two new star transCampus affiliated professors in telecommunications research, the transCampus is taking the next big step in connecting excellent and highly complementary research clusters at King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden.

Frank Fitzek, transCampus affiliated Professor for Tactile Internet for Medicine Applications and Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks at TU Dresden, and Mischa Dohler, transCampus affiliated Professor for the Internet of Skills for Medicine Applications and Chair Professor of Wireless Communications at King’s College London, will translate their know-how on communication networks and visions of the ‘Internet of Skills’ to applications in Medicine.

"Our long-standing and successful collaboration, our combined resources and complementary expertise will enable us to implement the successful collaboration models of the transCampus in teaching and research." says Frank Fitzek.

The Lancet publishes article on transCampus

This week, Lancet – Diabetes & Endocrinology published an article on the "transCampus London–Dresden: a new model for international collaborative research". Medical Editor Fiona Mitchell presents the transCampus partnership, highlighting the big success in terms of teaching programmes, third party funding, research environment, as well as outreach to politics and society.

For more information and the full text, please visit

Presentation of research prize to transCampus professor

transCampus professor Dr Cynthia Andoniadou, Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology at King's College London and Lister Institute Prize Fellow 2016, will be presented the Lister Institute Research Prize on

Tuesday 18th July at 2.30pm
Tower Lecture Theatre, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital

The presentation of the Lister Institute Research Prize will follow a special seminar on:
"Regulation of the pituitary stem cell compartment" by Dr Andoniadou.

A drinks reception will complete the event.
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IRTG kick-off meeting

One month after the official announcement of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the newly established transCampus International Research Training Group has started with its first kick-off meeting in London. The IRTG 2251 "Immunological and Cellular Strategies in Metabolic Disease" (ICSMD) aims at providing outstanding PhD students with a specialized but interdisciplinary programme that offers tandem supervision by two principal investigators at TU Dresden and King`s College London and the opportunity to acquire certificates from both institutions. Goal of the research efforts is yielding in-depth insights into the pathophysiology of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and development of regenerative and interventional strategies to halt, treat and even cure these pathologies.

Dresden’s cutting-edge research enthrals London

On 3 May, the DRESDEN-concept science exhibition was inaugurated at Guy’s Campus of the renowned King’s College London. “Right in the heart of London, exhibits from Dresden are on display that present leading research in a way which is accessible and comprehensible to everyone. The exhibition is directed at scientists and non-scientists alike, for adults as well as for children”, delights TU Dresden’s Rector and Chairman of DRESDEN-concept, Professor Hans Müller-Steinhagen during the opening event.

The opening event was also attended by Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Dr Eva-Maria Stange, Mayor Dirk Hilbert, TU Dresden’s Rectorial Board and various directors of the DRESDEN-concept institutes. Numerous representatives of KCL’s management board were also in attendance.

The exhibition brings science made in Dresden closer to a broad audience and informs about the newest research results in diverse science areas such as Biomedicine & Bioengineering, Information Technology & Microelectronics, Materials & Structures and Culture & Societal Change. It is complemented by numerous scientific formats such as panel discussions, workshops and keynote lectures throughout the entire exhibition period. The series of events takes place within the existing transCampus partnership.

The opening of the science exhibition at King’s College London launches the DRESDEN-concept alliance's “international tour”. The exhibition will be on display on Guy’s Campus of the renowned King’s College London until 26 May 2017. In September, the exhibition will continue its tour in Wrocław before moving ahead to Prague in 2018.

What is DRESDEN-concept?
DRESDEN-concept is an alliance of TUD with strong partners from science and culture, among others, Max-Planck, Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Helmholtz institutions. All 24 partners share the aim of making the excellence of Dresden-based research visible and to attract globally top-ranking scientists to Dresden. In particular, this means that the partners exploit and utilise common synergy potentials in research, training, infrastructure, administration and transfer.

Science goes international

London calling...

From 3 May to 26 May, the DRESDEN-concept science exhibition will be on display at Guy’s Campus of King’s College in London. In addition to the large stand-up displays on Biomedicine & Bioengineering, Information Technology & Microelectronics, Materials & Structures and Culture & Knowledge, two CityTrees will provide information about science in Dresden.

There will be numerous activities surrounding the exhibition, i.e. networking and study information events as well as scientific gatherings such as keynote speeches and panel discussions. The event is accompanied by renowned Dresden-based scientists.

The topics of the lectures are as diverse as the universities’ schools. Prof. Curbach, laureate of the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis), will present the award-winning topic of Carbon Concrete; Prof. Fitzek (TUD) and Prof. Dohler (KCL) will be discussing 5G communication during a lunchtime lecture.

Science Unlimited - event schedule

Collaboration between "Ageing Research at King's" and TU Dresden Center for Healthy Aging

Two highly synergistic research centers are coming together within the transCampus to address the challenges of an ageing world: Ageing Research at King’s (ARK) Coordinator Dr Richard Siow and TUD Center for Healthy Aging Director Professor Lorenz Hofbauer mutually agreed to join forces and combine complementary expertise.

ARK is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary consortium of investigators which brings together scholarship and research in ageing in several complementary areas. ARK represents King’s world class excellence for research on the biology of ageing, from the basic mechanisms in biogerontology to clinical translation and the social impact of ageing.

The Center for Healthy Aging at TU Dresden was established in 2015 to implement a 'one-stop-shop' system for elderly patients to maximize patient care in terms of efficiency, convenience, and competence. By spanning the spectrum from preclinical to clinical and health-care research, the Center for Healthy Aging is at the forefront of aging research, providing state-of-the-art care for patients regarding new treatment options and preventive life style measures.

Ageing Research at King's / Center for Healthy Aging Dresden

Staff training at KCL

Three members of the Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden took part in a staff training programme at KCL from 28th to 30th November 2016.

Content of the perfectly organized meetings ranged from international student exchange concepts to curriculum development ideas and the implementation of e-learning and evaluation tools. The TU Dresden members had the chance to get insights into the work of their KCL colleagues which finally resulted in very interesting and fruitful talks and discussions.

If you are interested in a staff training programme, please contact the transCampus office.

DFG funding

Scientists of the Medical Faculty of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and King’s College London establish joint international post-graduate programme in Diabetes. A transCampus project.

Big success for the transCampus: The german national research foundation (DFG) is funding the transCampus Network of the Technische Universität Dresden and King’s College London with an international training programme on Diabetes. The initial funding of ca. 5 milion euros will cover a 4,5 year time period followed by the possibility of an extension for another 4,5 years with additional funding. It will support the joint post-graduate programme of the International Research Training Group IRTG 2251 (ICSMD – Immunological and Cellular Strategies in Metabolic Disease).

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During the visit of Professor Professor Mathias Gautel (BHF Chair of Molecular Cardiology; Director, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London) to Dresden ongoing and potential transCampus-projects in the fields of chemical biology, cell and tissue organization, cardiovascular diseases, pharmacology and toxicology, as well as angiology were discussed. transCampus-Dean Professor Stefan Bornstein again pointed out the importance of bringing together the brightest minds from both universities who want to shape the transCampus-initiative and stated his strong support for the project teams led by Professor Mathias Gautel and his Co-PIs.


Honoured guests from King’s College London meet with TU Dresden officials to broaden transnational collaboration and initiate new projects.

To expand the strategic transCampus partnership between King’s College London and TU Dresden a delegation from London, including Professor Evelyn Welch (Vice-Principal Arts & Sciences), Dr. Joanna Newman (Vice-Principal International), Professor Luca Vigano (Vice-Dean International, Natural and Mathematical Sciences), Ruth Hogarth (Director, Cultural Partnerships & Enquiry) and Dr. Tania Lima (Director, Global Engagement), was welcomed by TU Dresden officials, Professor Hans Georg Krauthäuser (Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs),Professor Gerhard Rödel (Vice-Rector for Research) and Professor Stefan Bornstein (Dean for Development and International Affairs, School of Medicine, transCampus Dean).
Building on the established strong links in Medicine the King’s College representatives explored further areas of interest in computer and biomedical engineering as well as potentials in the humanities and arts. Also the Dresden concept partner Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics showed great interest in joining the partnership after the meetings. Currently, promising approaches identified during the visit are being explored.

Besides strategic meetings, the delegation delved into the cultural heritage of the region. Following their tour through the Dresden State Art Collections guided by Professor Dirk Syndram, Acting Director General, activities connecting both cutural landscapes are currently in discussion.


transCampus Lecture on Population Genetics and Genomics - Loss of functional mutations cohorts with close parenteral relatives

Professor Richard Trembath, Executive Dean for Life Sciences & Medicine and Head of the Molecular and Medical Genetics Group Division at King's College London spoke about the "Loss of functional mutations cohorts with close parenteral relatives" on 5th April 2016 at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus.

Metabolic Syndrome, 11.-13. December 2015

The GWT-TUD, in collaboration with and financially supported by the transCampus King’s College London – Technische Universität Dresden, welcomed numerous participants to Dresden and Radebeul on occasion of the 20th anniversary of symposia on the metabolic syndrome and associated diseases.

The 3-day event started with a presentation of new innovative therapy options and diagnostic technologies. German top scientists spoke about and discussed topics concerning risk management and individualized therapy of the metabolic syndrome.

International scientists from the UK, France, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel, Bulgaria, Canada, the United States contributed to the success of the lecture series “Prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome – a global perspective”.

1st MRC/DFG Centre Alliance Meeting - Munich Part 2

The second part of the alliance meeting took place in the heart of Munich, offering the opportunity for further strategic planning for joint research. Since then, MTAs have allowed for fruitful collaborations which themselves have attracted substantial funding opportunities and have opened new scientific horizons.

Third international Summer School of Technology Transfer in Life Sciences 7.-11. September 2015

In September the third International Summer School on technology transfer took place in Dresden, organized for the first time by the experienced team of the transCampus Dean Prof. Stefan Bornstein. Funded by the German Research Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service, the high caliber summer school program attracted participants from all over the world.

It was an amazing opportunity for all participants to receive constructive criticism on their commercial ideas from a range of experts, among them patent and licensing lawyers. Opportunities have been screened for commercial value and business models have been implemented.

Altogether, the third International Summer School on technology transfer was a high-level, sophisticated and successful event. transCampus is looking forward to the Dresden Summer School in 2016. In addition a brand new pre-Med Summer School will be organized in London for the summer of 2016 (more information in spring 2016).

1st MRC/DFG Centre Alliance Meeting - London Part 1

This one day compact symposium saw some of the most prominent MRC and DFG members in the field of Transplantation and Immunology get together, present their work and initiate discussions on joint academic projects in the field.

First Transcampus Lecture: "Pursuit of Clinical Transplantation Tolerance"

The visit of Prof. Sir Robert Lechler, Director of the King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Vice President at King's College London, marked the start of transCampus in Dresden.

During his first visit in Dresden, Professor Sir Robert Lechler gave a lecture on the „Pursuit of Clinical Transplantation Tolerance” in front of an overcrowded auditorium in the Medical Technology Centre.

Thus the English scientist kicked off the transCampus between King`s College London and Technische Universität Dresden.

The David Pyke and Peter Watkins Visiting Professor Conference 2014

The David Pyke and Peter Watkins Visiting Professor Conference in November 2014 was the first transCampus Event in diabetes.

In the heart of the Guy's campus (King's College London), Keynote speaker Professor Triantafyllos Chavakis from the University Clinic Carl Gustav Carus (Technische Universität Dresden) gave lectures on Mechanisms of vascular inflammation and Inflammation in metabolic disease. Over 40 more academics from both KCL and TUD presented their clinical and scientific work on various ongoing diabetes research areas.

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