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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.


19.11.18 DFG funding for doctoral training in competition economics

Düsseldorf - The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the application of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at the Heinrich-Heine-University for the continuation of the Graduate School on “Competition Economics”. The total funding of around 2.7 million euros will ensure the continuation of the graduate training at DICE until October 2023.


24.10.18 HHU physicists part of Cluster of Excellence in the field of quantum information processing

The universities of Aachen, Bonn and Cologne have been successful in the Excellence Strategy competition with their Cluster of Excellence entitled “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing” (ML4Q). The researchers are focussing on the next level of data processing and dissemination, i.e. quantum computers and networks. Professor Dagmar Bruß and Professor Reinhold Egger, physicists at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), will be in charge of two sub-projects. Work will start in early 2019.


10.10.18 DFG Research Unit 2373 ‚Spoken Morphology‘ continues: DFG grants 2.7 million Euros for linguistic research

Starting in October 2015, the Research Unit FOR2373, directed by Prof. Dr. Ingo Plag, has been working at HHU on ‘Spoken Morphology’. The continuation of the group for a second funding period of another 3 years (until September 2021) has now been approved by the DFG. With this grant, the Research Unit further strengthens HHU’s key research area ‘Language and Cognition’.


04.10.18 Increased Blood Flow triggers Liver Regeneration

The liver is one of the few human organs that completely regenerates within a few weeks after more than half of the organ has been removed. However, so far the cause of this remarkable feature remains unclear. Within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center 974 and with support from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD e.V.), scientists in Professor Eckhard Lammert's research team at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), the Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University (HHU) Düsseldorf, in cooperation with colleagues from HHU and Düsseldorf University Hospital (UKD) showed for the first time that increased blood flow through the small blood vessels of the liver triggers the release of signals from cells of these vessels, thus promoting liver growth. The results are published in the current issue of Nature.


27.09.18 Food for the future: Renewed success for HHU’s “CEPLAS” Cluster of Excellence!

The German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation announced on 27 September 2018 that the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences CEPLAS (“Smart Plants to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow”) has again been successful in this round of the Excellence Strategy. Working groups at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Cologne, together with the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich, will work on developing optimised crop plants with which to feed the world’s growing population. The partners applied for funding to the tune of € 56.8 million for a seven-year period.


22.02.18 Lessons from yeast may help tackle dementia

Together with Japanese colleagues, biophysicists at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and Jülich Research Centre have examined the folding of specific proteins in yeast fungi. They discovered similar mechanisms to those found in prions, i.e. proteins that are misfolded and can trigger neurodegenerative diseases. From the prions in yeast, the researchers were able to acquire new insights into the misfolding of these harmful proteins. Their results have been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


20.02.18 HHU researchers develop new concept for efficient OLEDs

In collaboration with British colleagues, chemists at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have discovered that simple organic carbonyls are potential emitters for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). These molecules are much cheaper and easier to produce than the compounds used today. The research results were presented as a cover story in the scientific journal CHEMPHYSCHEM.


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