Molekulare Onkologie und Hämatologie

Research

The close interactions between basic researchers and physicians together with a translational medicine approach are imperative prerequisites for clinical relevant innovations in Oncology and Hematology.

BASIC RESEARCH

In basic research, the Division of Molecular Oncology and Hematology seeks to: (1) decipher molecular processes that contribute to the development and progression of hematologic (e.g., multiple myeloma, myeloproliferative disorders) and solid (e.g., breast cancer, genitourinary carcinomas) malignancies within the tumor microenvironment; (2) to identify novel biomarkers; and (3) to preclinically develop and evaluate novel agents and therapeutic strategies.

  • the pathophysiological role of AP-1 family transcription factors in multiple myeloma (Fan et al., Leukemia 2017 and Leukemia 2021) and breast carcinoma.
  • the pathophysiological role of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family member Mcl-1 (Bashari et al. Breast Cancer Res 2016; Vallet et al, Breast Cancer Res Treat 2019).
  • approaches to therapeutically reactivate the tumor-associated immune system.
  • targeted degradation of tumor-associated proteins
  • identifying molecular mechanisms that contribute to tumor-associated bone disease (Vallet et al, PLoS One 2016).

CLINICAL RESEARCH:

In addition to basic research projects, the group contributes to clinical trials, which investigate novel treatment regimens for induction and maintenance as well as relapsed/ refractory patients, in multiple myeloma and urothelial carcinoma in particular. For example, we recently contributed to a study demonstrating the anti-myeloma activity of the first-in-class selective nucleus export inhibitor (SINE), selinexor, which led to the approval of this agent in combination with dexamethasone for patients with refractory triple myeloma (Chari et al., N Engl J Med, 2019).

  • A phase 3 Study of Elranatamab (PF-06863135) Monotherapy and Elranatamab + Daratumumab Versus Daratumumab + Pomalidomide + Dexamethasone in Participants With Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MAGNETISMM-5) (Ongoing)
  • A randomized phase 3 non-inferiority trial assessing lenalidomide, bortezomib and dexamethasone induction therapy with either intravenous or subcutaneous isatuximab in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (GMMG-HD8 / DSMM-XIX IITTrial)
  • Phase 3 Study of Teclistamab in Combination with Lenalidomide versus Lenalidomide Alone in Participants with Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma as Maintenance Therapy Following Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation (MajesTEC-4)
  • CA017078: A randomized phase 3 study of neoadjuvant chemotherapy as monotherapy vs. neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus nivolumab or nivolumab and BMS-986205 followed by continued postoperative therapy with nivolumab or nivolumab and BMS-986205 in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (Closed)
  • VOLGA (active, recruiting): 
    A randomized phase 3 study of perioperative therapy with durvalumab in combination with tremelimumab and enfortumab vedotin or durvalumab in combination with enfortumab vedotin in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer who are not suitable for cisplatin or refuse cisplatin.
  • EVOPAR-Prostate01 (Planned start July 2024):
    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study of saruparib (AZD5305) in combination with an anti-hormonally active drug in patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer.
  • many more in preparation
  • Myeloma study:
    Short title: AGMT_MM-2
    Title: A randomized Phase II, 2-armed study in transplant ineligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) comparing Carfilzomib + Thalidomide + dexamethasone (KTd) versus Carfilzomib + Lenalidomide + dexamethasone (KRd) induction therapy with respect to response rates and investigating a Carfilzomib (K) monotherapy maintenance strategy
    • Status: active, not recruiting
    • Start: April 2017 (in Austria)
    • Coordinating Investigator: Univ. Prof. Dr. Heinz Ludwig
    • EudraCT Nummer: 2016-000475-24
    • ClinicalTrialsID: NCT02891811
    • Number of patients: 146 (international)
    • Sponsor: AGMT gemeinnützige GmbH
    • A randomized Phase II, 2-armed study in transplant ineligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) comparing Carfilzomib + Thalidomide + dexamethasone (KTd) versus Carfilzomib + Lenalidomide + dexamethasone (KRd) induction therapy with respect to response rates and investigating a Carfilzomib (K) monotherapy maintenance strategy
    • AGMT
    • Klinische Abteilung für Innere Medizin 2
    • Klinische Abteilung für Urologie

If you or your physician are interested in these studies, please write to Klaus.podar@krems.lknoe.at or Sonia.vallet@krems.lknoe.at

Research projects of the Division of Molecular Oncology & Hematology

The Division of Molecular Oncology & Hematology was founded in October 2022 and replaced the former scientific working group Molecular Hematology & Oncology. Some of the projects mentioned are therefore still assigned to the scientific working group.

Please visit our research information system KRIS for a comprehensive overview. Below you will find an excerpt of projects.

Untersuchung der Effekte von Immun-Checkpoint Inhibitoren auf den Knochenumbau.
  • Molecular Oncology / Hematology
  • Finished
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  • Molecular Oncology / Hematology
  • Division of Internal Medicine 2 (University Hospital Krems)
Biomarker- based therapeutic prevention of bone metastases in breast cancer: Defining the pathophysiologic impact of the endosteal niche
  • Molecular Oncology / Hematology
  • Finished
  • Division of Pharmacology
  • Division of Internal Medicine 2 (University Hospital Krems)
  • Molecular Oncology / Hematology