[Press release] End of the first phase of the COVID-19 large-scale testing
The first phase of the COVID-19 large-scale testing campaign ended on Monday, July 27. By the end of the first phase, an almost full use of the testing capacity has been observed, with up to 16,000 tests performed per day.
4 MD-PhD and 16 PhD student positions in Systems, Neuro & Cancer Immunology - RK0720
i2TRON is a highly innovative PhD training programon “integrating immune strategies for Translational Research in Oncology and Neurology” and is supported by theLuxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) within their PRIDE program. We will develop the next generation of translational scientistsas boundary crossers, domain experts and skilled communicators. Inflammation is a common hallmark shared across different non-communicable diseases (NCD).
Clinical Research Associate (CRA) - MA0720
The Clinical Research Associate work at LIH’s Clinical and Epidemiological Investigation Center. She/He will: Coordinate clinical research projects according to the protocol, budget and fixed timelines; Supervise and assist regulatory submissions to health authorities including the national research ethics committee; Support private sponsors, researchers and investigators from other research institutions or hospitals in the set up and conduct of clinical research projects; Ensure compliance with the applicable legal, administrative and regulatory requirements; Provide specific expertise and know-how in clinical research; Provide support to safety reporting and adverse events reporting; Monitor clinical trials and guarantee the quality of the scientific data collected during the study.
Luxembourg’s Rotary Clubs support COVID-19 research
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4 Rotary Clubs of the Grand Duchy joined forces in support of Luxembourg’s research on the novel coronavirus, raising a special fund. The selected project is NEUTRACOV, led by Dr. Danielle Perez Bercoff at the LIH Department of Infection and Immunity (DII), which received a generous donation of EUR 30,000 from the Rotary Clubs on June 19th.
Parkinson’s disease and the gut microbiome
The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and its Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL) collaborated with the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg on the elucidation of the functional implications of gut microbiome alterations associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Cholesterol levels dropping in Western nations but rising in Asia
Dr Ala’a Alkerwi from the LIH Department of Population Health contributed to a global public health study on cholesterol, which was published in Nature in June 2020. The paper brings forward a major global repositioning of lipid-related risk over the past four decades. Specifically, non-optimal cholesterol trends shifted from being a distinct feature of high-income western countries to being a significant burden in low- and middle-income nations. The study, led by Imperial College London, was conducted in the framework of the international Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Luxembourg contributed with data generated from the national population-based study “ORISCAV-LUX” (Observation des Risques et de la Santé Cardiovasculaire au Luxembourg), which had been conducted in 2007-2008 on more than 1,400 residents with the aim of assessing cardiovascular health and risk factors in Luxembourg.
Administrative Project Coordinator - FG0720
The Science Office (SO) represents the central unit in themanagement of the LIH research projects. The Administrative Project Coordinator(APC) will be key in the coordination of the workloads/tasks between theGroup leaders (GLs), project managers and various administrative services. He/shewill organize the flow of information between GLs, Scientific SteeringCommittee (SSC) members, Departmental Project Managers and administrativeservices to ensure smooth progression of research projects within the PLCManagement processes of the LIH.
Advancing personalised cancer treatment through patient “avatars”
The NORLUX Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at the LIH Department of Oncology (DONC) recently contributed to PDXFinder, a global database of patient-derived tumour xenograft (PDX) mouse models. NORLUX’s collection of 40 models and associated data is now available to the international scientific community, further supporting the worldwide use of these key tools for translational oncology research.