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IBC2 EMBO-Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Santosh Kumar Kuncha was awarded the  INSA Medal For Young Scientists by the Indian National Science Academy. The INSA Medal is one of the highest recognition for young researchers in India.

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Christian Münch, group leader at the IBC2, will receive the Otto Meyerhof Award 2021 by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). The award honours the outstanding research performance of young investigators under 40. The research of the Münch group focuses on the elucidation of cellular stress responses upon protein misfolding and as a consequence of disease-causing mutations and infections, building on Münch’s in-depth expertise in quantitative mass spectrometry and system biology approaches.

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Until now, treatment options for COVID-19 patients are rather limited. A poor disease outcome is known to be linked to an uncontrolled inflammatory response, triggered by a cytokine storm and leading to wide-spread inflammation, severely damaging the lung and other organs. An interdisciplinary team around IBC2 Director Ivan Đikić now reports that inflammatory signaling activated by SARS-CoV-2 can be inhibited by a drug named famotidine. The drug acts as H2 receptor antagonist and is widely used for treatment of heartburn and prevention of stomach ulcers. Early on in the pandemic, retrospective studies have drawn the interest towards this drug, as it apparently reduced the risk of intubation and death for patients being hospitalized for COVID-19.

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Santosh Kumar Kuncha was awarded with one of the prestigious Research Fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), which enable doctoral researchers from abroad to pursue their postdoctoral research in Europe and around the world

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As announced today, the PROXIDRUGS consortium led by IBC2 Director Ivan Đikić has been selected for funding within the Clusters4Future initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims at promoting regional innovation networks for the benefit of economy and society. PROXIDRUGS will be funded with up to 15 M € for the next three years, as only one of 7 clusters selected for funding from a total of 137 applications

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