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Running for a good cause: Cancer Research Run on 5th October 2013

(Vienna, 30th September 2013) Next Saturday, combining personal sporting activity with a good cause will be a breeze: on 5 October 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Cancer Research Run for the MedUni Vienna’s Cancer Research Initiative is being held for the 7th time at the Old Vienna General Hospital university campus. Every completed lap will provide support for the highly respected Vienna cancer research facility.

“This isn’t a race, rather it’s a running event for everyone in the name of a good cause that everyone can take part in,” says initiator Michael Micksche from the MedUni Vienna Cancer Research Initiative. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the start/finish line and costs a donation of Euro 15. The 850-metre round course will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The number of participants rises every year, and last year as many as 3,000 runners and donors took part.

“The run for cancer research will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the fight against cancer and establish additional, independent and private research funding. This will make it easier for us to define research priorities independently of commercial interests, allowing us to safeguard the very highest-quality research in the long term,” says the MedUni Vienna’s Rector, Wolfgang Schütz.

Research into personalised treatment
Revenue from the 7th Cancer Research Run will be pumped into a research project aimed at establishing treatments that are specifically coordinated towards genetic mutations and protein expressions in tumours. This is a new strategy, since in the past medications have been used that are approved for the affected organ in question. Researchers at the MedUni Vienna expect this personalised treatment approach to yield improved treatment outcomes and a higher quality of life for patients.

In Austria, around 37,000 people develop cancer every year, 19,600 of them being men and 17,400 women. Around 17,000 cancer patients are looked after at the MedUni Vienna / Vienna General Hospital’s University Department of General Medicine I. Cancer research is one of the MedUni Vienna’s particularly successful focal areas of research. In a milestone development, the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) was created under the direction of Christoph Zielinski, producing a cancer treatment centre that complies with the highest international standards and which is a joint institution operated by the MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital. It is here that all of the clinicians involved with these diseases are coordinated, and each patient case is discussed by an interdisciplinary team of specialists.

Cancer Research Initiative
The “Cancer Research Initiative” was founded in 2005 and has been collecting donations in order to keep cancer research at the MedUni Vienna competitive at an international level and to make intramural research independent of various interest groups.

Date & registration
The 7th Cancer Research Run is taking place on 5th October 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a 850-metre round course at the university campus (9, Old Vienna General Hospital, Courtyard 2). Runners can pick up a run number and ticket from 9 a.m. (Euro 15). Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., runners can complete as many laps as they are able and willing to.