Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Press release No. 312/2017, 2017-10-11

A successful outcome of the Kiel-Zhejiang University exchange program


Kiel University (CAU), Germany and Zhejiang University, China have been having a very successful exchange program for the last 30 years. Coordinated by Andreas Ritter from the International Center of CAU, the main purpose of the program is the promotion of the scientific research and the exchange of students and scholars between the two Universities in different disciplines.

As a part of this extensive international collaboration Dr. Lili Zhou, a visiting periodontal scientist from the Zhejang University, applied in 2016 for a one year stay in the renowned stem cells research group at the Clinic for Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology (Director: Prof. Dr. Christof Dörfer). In the research group headed by PD Dr. Karim Fawzy El-Sayed, a leading scientist in the field of stem cells and periodontal tissue regeneration, she conducted her research addressing the complex inflammatory-regenerative interaction of gingival stem cells in lipopolysaccharides-challenged environmental conditions. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. C. Dörfer and PD Dr. K. Fawzy El-Sayed, the project, which is in line with the CAU defined excellence cluster (inflammation at interfaces), was very successful. Results revealed for the first time the inflammatory-resistant properties of these cells as well as elaborated on associated intra-cellular signalling pathways activated during this process and the positive impact the could have on regeneration.

With the efforts of the whole team, the funding from Kiel and Zhejiang Universities and the supports from the International Center of CAU, Dr. Zhou in one year published the results at International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and a peer-reviewed paper in one of the most eminent dental journals (Journal of Clinical Periodontology www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28703434).

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Contact:
Professor Christof Dörfer
Clinic for Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology,
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
E-mail: Christof.Doerfer@uksh.de

Fawzy El-Sayed
Clinic for Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology,
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
E-mail: fawzyelsayed@konspar.uni-kiel.de



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