UKB resident awarded the C. E. Alken Prize for excellent scientific uro-oncological analysis

Dr. Niklas Klümper, resident on the Clinic for Urology and dealing group chief on the Institute for Experimental Oncology on the College Hospital Bonn (UKB), was awarded the C. E. Alken Prize in recognition of his excellent scientific uro-oncological work. The 30 -year-old is investigating which sufferers with metastatic bladder most cancers profit from a brand new oncological type of remedy, the antibody-drug conjugates, so as to have the ability to use these promising medication effectively. His new findings have been printed this December within the famend oncology journal Scientific Most cancers Analysis.

Chemotherapies used to deal with aggressive superior and metastatic urothelial carcinoma are sometimes related to many unintended effects. Not too long ago, a brand new class of medicine, known as antibody-drug conjugates, have been accredited for sufferers with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Antibody-drug conjugates include an antibody directed towards the tumour cell floor conjugated with a extremely poisonous chemotherapeutic agent. This combines the selectivity of focused antibody remedy with the cytotoxic potential of typical chemotherapy, representing an progressive and new oncological therapeutic strategy.

Use of antibody-drug conjugates

The Division of Urology on the UKB can be utilizing this new drug to deal with sufferers with metastatic urothelial carcinoma.

Enfortumab vedotin is the primary accredited antibody-drug conjugate and a really promising drug for the remedy of sufferers with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Nevertheless, we nonetheless perceive little about who actually advantages from this remedy, which might additionally trigger extreme unintended effects comparable to pores and skin irritation or nerve issues.”

Dr. Niklas Klümper, assistant doctor on the Clinic for Urology on the UKB

Focused remedy doesn’t attain all tumor cells

“We have been capable of present for the primary time that the floor molecule for the focused supply of the chemotherapeutic agent in metastatic urothelial carcinoma is commonly decreased or absent. Lack of this floor construction, which will be detected by typical immunohistochemistry, is related to resistance to enfortumab vedotin, so these sufferers could also be higher handled with different therapies. Our work is subsequently a step in the direction of precision oncology for sufferers with metastatic urothelial carcinoma”, says Dr Klümper. His purpose is to make sure that these doubtlessly poisonous medication are solely used for sufferers who may also profit from the remedy.

Award for excellent analysis

For his extremely related findings for extra exact remedy of urological tumour sufferers, Dr. Klümper was awarded the distinguished C. E. Alken Prize in November 2022. The C. E. Alken Basis promotes scientific and experimental analysis in urology by awarding an annual prize for excellent scientific work to wonderful German-speaking researchers who’ve made a big contribution to the sector of urology. “This award is of excellent significance within the urology subject. The truth that Dr. Klümper receives this award as a younger resident is particular and speaks as soon as once more for his vital and extremely progressive analysis into the remedy of bladder most cancers,” says Prof Manuel Ritter, Director of the Clinic for Urology and Paediatric Urology on the UKB.

Dr. Klümpers’ experiences with the brand new drug, which could possibly be extremely related for remedy, are shared with a community of different college hospitals and clinics as a part of the research, in order that they attain as many sufferers as doable as a remedy optimisation.


College Hospital of Bonn (UKB)

Journal reference:

Klümper, N., et al. (2022) Membranous NECTIN-4 expression continuously decreases throughout metastatic unfold of urothelial carcinoma and is related to enfortumab vedotin resistance. Scientific Most cancers Analysis.

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