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Thanks to the Heinz and Elfriede Ganß Foundation

The Heinz and Elfriede Ganß Foundation supports with 20,000 euros the acquisition of a required large-capacity nitrogen freezer for the storage of the worldwide unique cell bank with chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells, the “Resistant Cancer Cell Line Collection (RCCL Collection).

This cell bank has been established and maintained for over 30 years by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Paediatric Tumour and Virus Research, which is located in our research building and is headed by Prof. Dr. Jindrich Cinatl. With meanwhile more than 2,500 resistant cancer cells, it represents an essential basis for paediatric cancer research. For example, it is used to research why cancer cells do not (or no longer) react to chemotherapeutic agents. The knowledge gained is used to develop strategies for overcoming this resistance and new, gentle treatment options.

In the coronary pandemic, cells from the RCCL Collection are also used in research work on SARS-CoV2 and thus “incidentally” make an important global research contribution.

We sincerely thank the board of the Heinz and Elfriede Ganß Foundation for this great and important support.


Frankfurt Foundation
for children with cancer
Komturstraße 3a
60528 Frankfurt

Phone +49 (0)69 678665-0
Fax +49 (0)69 678665-94

Donation account

Frankfurter Sparkasse 1822
IBAN: DE43 5005 0201 1245 6354 40

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