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27.06.19 Multiple sclerosis: Endogenous retrovirus HERV-W key to nerve tissue damage

27 June 2019 – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) affecting brain and spinal cord. In collaboration with colleagues from the USA and Canada, a team of Düsseldorf-based researchers led by Prof. Dr. Patrick Küry from the Department of Neurology has discovered a new way in which nerve tissue is damaged by an endogenous retrovirus. They authors have published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).


24.05.19 Human iPSC-derived MSCs (iMSCs) from aged individuals acquire a rejuvenation signature.

The use of primary mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is fraught with ageing-related shortfalls such as limited expansion and early senescence. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) -derived MSCs (iMSCs) have been shown to be a useful clinically relevant source of MSCs that circumvent these ageing-associated drawbacks.


23.05.19 US hyperthermia award goes to PD Dr. Rüdiger Wessalowski

At its 2019 Annual Meeting in St. Pete, Florida, the US Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) awarded the J. Eugene Robinson Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in the field of hyperthermic oncology to PD Dr. Rüdiger Wessalowski. He has been honoured for his pioneering work in developing treatment concepts for tumour therapy for children, including infants, with malignant tumours. He is a Senior Consultant at the Department of Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Immunology.


14.05.19 Nuts in the salad

14 May 2019 – People with food allergies have to avoid the foods that trigger their allergic reaction. When visiting a restaurant, however, it’s not so easy to find out whether foods that cause allergies are used there, particularly as even the tiniest amounts are enough to cause an allergic reaction. The obvious thing to do would be for the restaurant guest to ask, and this is often recommended. But according to a recently published study by the Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, this is not a reliable solution.


26.03.19 Function decoded: protein influences growth processes and hormonal signalling

The working group under Junior Professor Dr. Mathias Beller from the Institute of Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf (HHU) has analysed the function of a lipid droplet-associated protein. They used fruit flies to demonstrate that the protein has a major impact on growth processes and their adaptation to environmental conditions. The results of the study have now been published in the journal Cell Reports.


13.02.19 HHU biologists increase longevity of cut flowers

7 February 2019 – In perfect time for St. Valentine’s Day, plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf (HHU) have introduced a new, synthetic peptide that can delay the wilting process of cut flowers. They published their findings on what is referred to as ‘senescence’ in the current edition of the multidisciplinary, open access journal Scientific Reports.


31.01.19 How plants cope with iron deficiency

31 January 2019 – Research groups from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Münster (WWU) have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency. The findings from their research on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana is published today in the journal Developmental Cell.


10.12.18 HHU biologists help formulate European plant research strategy

Safeguarding food supplies for the world’s drastically growing population in the face of climate change confronts plant research with tremendous challenges. In the framework of CropBooster-P, an EU-funded project, researchers from eight European countries want to develop a research roadmap. Amongst the contributors are Professor Andreas Weber and Professor Peter Westhoff from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU).


20.11.18 HHU granted funds for new International Research Training Group in plant sciences

In November 2018, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced that funds had been granted for 15 new Research Training Groups. One of the beneficiaries is the International Research Training Group (IRTG) “NEXTplant” (Network, exchange, and training program to understand plant resource allocation), for which Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) submitted an application in cooperation with Michigan State University (MSU). It will start work in May 2019.


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