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European Research Council awards Leipzig biologist a EUR 1.5 million grant

The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Starting Grant to Prof. Nico Eisenhauer, a scientist from the University of Leipzig and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). The grant, which is endowed with EUR 1.5 million over the next 5 years, is awarded to study the effects of European earthworms in North America. As an invasive species, these earthworms are influencing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in many North-American ecosystems. Prof. Eisenhauer is the first young scientist in the Department of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology at Leipzig University to be awarded this renowned scholarship.

Biological invasions by alien species are considered as being one of the main threats to biodiversity on earth. One of these invasions is taking place under...

29.01.2016 | nachricht Read more

ERC Grant for new Therapy against Burn Scars

Major accolade for Professor Ursula Mirastschijski from the Center for Biomolecular Interactions in Faculty Biology/Chemistry, who has received a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a novel therapy against burn scars. People who have suffered severe burns are very often scarred for life. In future it is expected that the new therapy will prevent such scar formation. Last year the ERC supported her project with an ERC Starting Grant in an amount of 1.3 million euros. As of March 1, 2016, the ERC support will be extended for a further year via a Proof of Concept Grant worth 150,000 euros.

For their novel therapy to prevent scar formation, Ursula Mirastschijski and her team use a substance produced in our lungs called lung surfactant. This...

26.01.2016 | nachricht Read more

New approach to tackle haemophilia

Fighting haemophilia A, a bleeding disorder, with the body's own cells: That is the goal of a new international research consortium led by scientists from Würzburg. The EU funds the project with around €5.5 million.

People suffering from haemophilia A have a genetic deficiency in clotting factor VIII which causes increased bleeding. In extreme cases, unstoppable bleeding...

20.01.2016 | nachricht Read more

Product Development for Everyone

The German and the French national research foundations DFG and ANR co-finance a joint project to support open source product development. The total funding amounts to approximately 780,000 euros.

Nowadays, everybody can, on a smaller scale, produce like large manufacturers. Not only do fab labs, 3D printers and similar innovations make these home-based...

14.01.2016 | nachricht Read more

Toxicology in flux – Fraunhofer ITEM is participating in the European research project “EU-ToxRisk”

The aim of the comprehensive EU project “EU-ToxRisk” is to lay new foundations for a paradigm shift in toxicology – towards more efficient and animal-free hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. An international consortium of 39 partner organizations from academia, industry and regulatory authorities will participate in this project receiving funding of 30 million euros. The Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM is bringing in its expertise with a focus on inhalation toxicology. EU-ToxRisk will be kicked off in Egmont aan Zee in The Netherlands) in mid-January 2016 and will run for a period of six years.

The European Commission is funding this large-scale project “EU-ToxRisk” under its research and innovation funding scheme “Horizon 2020”. The aim is to...

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ZMT receives half a million Euro from BMBF to strengthen innovation potential

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) will receive half a million Euro from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to further exploit the institute’s research results and innovation potential. The funds have been granted for a total of three years as part of the BMBF programme ”Professionalisation and stabilisation of a transfer concept”. In the future, new processes are to be established at the ZMT in order to adapt research for societal and economic use. Dr. Bevis Fedder, head of the Office for Knowledge Exchange at the ZMT, coordinates the implementation of the concept.

Research at the ZMT lays the scientific foundation for the protection and sustainable use of tropical coastal ecosystems. Mangrove forests, coral reefs and...

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Applications open for EGU 2016 Science Journalism Fellowships (up to €5k)

The second call for applications to the 2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Science Journalism Fellowship competition is now open. The fellowships enable journalists to follow scientists on location to report on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences. Successful applicants receive up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects. The deadline for applications is 31 January.

Rather than awarding a published piece of science reporting, EGU Science Journalism Fellowships distinguish themselves from other science journalism prizes by...

05.01.2016 | nachricht Read more

Novel EU-funded collaborative proteomics project to bring proteomics to clinical application

Novel proteomic technologies that are so robust and powerful that they can be used in every biological laboratory and in every clinic are expected as results of the currently starting research consortium MSmed. The European Commission is co-funding the project with 3.7 Million Euros for four years starting December 1, 2015 within the research line “Future and Emerging Technologies” under the Horizon 2020 Programme. MSmed will automate workflows in mass spectrometric analysis for proteomics research to prepare them for high-throughput clinical application.

Proteins are the major functional actors within cells and exert most of the cells’ functions. Over the past decade the analysis of the protein inventory of...

22.12.2015 | nachricht Read more

New DFG Research Unit in Kassel and Goettingen on agricultural transitions in rural-urban spaces

How are agricultural, ecological and social systems changing under the influence of growing (mega-)cities? This overarching question will be examined by the Research Unit FOR2432, which the German Research Foundation (DFG/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has established at the universities of Kassel and Göttingen. The project will start on 1 April 2016 and is initially funded with a total of 3.7 million Euros. International partners are also involved, including the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India, where the cooperating projects will be co-financed with 1.2 million Euros from the Indian side.

With this decision, the DFG is strengthening the successful cooperation of the agricultural science faculties at the University of Kassel and the University of...

16.12.2015 | nachricht Read more

Understanding the fruit fly’s nose

The National Latsis Prize 2015 has been awarded to biologist Richard Benton for his work on the fruit fly's sense of smell. Using an interdisciplinary approach he studies how chemical signals control the behaviour of insects.

How odours influence actions is one of the fundamental questions in neuroscience. Richard Benton, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics at...

24.11.2015 | nachricht Read more
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Goodbye ground control: autonomous nanosatellites

The University of Würzburg has two new space projects in the pipeline which are concerned with the observation of planets and autonomous fault correction aboard satellites. The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy funds the projects with around 1.6 million euros.

Detecting tornadoes that sweep across Mars. Discovering meteors that fall to Earth. Investigating strange lightning that flashes from Earth's atmosphere into...

Im Focus: Flow phenomena on solid surfaces: Physicists highlight key role played by boundary layer velocity

Physicists from Saarland University and the ESPCI in Paris have shown how liquids on solid surfaces can be made to slide over the surface a bit like a bobsleigh on ice. The key is to apply a coating at the boundary between the liquid and the surface that induces the liquid to slip. This results in an increase in the average flow velocity of the liquid and its throughput. This was demonstrated by studying the behaviour of droplets on surfaces with different coatings as they evolved into the equilibrium state. The results could prove useful in optimizing industrial processes, such as the extrusion of plastics.

The study has been published in the respected academic journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).

Im Focus: New study: How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

Exceeding critical temperature limits in the Southern Ocean may cause the collapse of ice sheets and a sharp rise in sea levels

A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West...

Im Focus: Superconductivity: footballs with no resistance

Indications of light-induced lossless electricity transmission in fullerenes contribute to the search for superconducting materials for practical applications.

Superconductors have long been confined to niche applications, due to the fact that the highest temperature at which even the best of these materials becomes...

Im Focus: Wbp2 is a novel deafness gene

Researchers at King’s College London and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom have for the first time demonstrated a direct link between the Wbp2 gene and progressive hearing loss. The scientists report that the loss of Wbp2 expression leads to progressive high-frequency hearing loss in mouse as well as in two clinical cases of children with deafness with no other obvious features. The results are published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

The scientists have shown that hearing impairment is linked to hormonal signalling rather than to hair cell degeneration. Wbp2 is known as a transcriptional...

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