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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.


15.10.18 Neuroimaging and the future of brain cartography

Maps of the brain are becoming ever more information-rich, thanks to increasing resolution and versatility of brain imaging methods, write scientists Simon Eickhoff and Sarah Genon from the European Human Brain Project (HBP) in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.


12.10.18 Call for applications: International SelmaMeyerMentoring for female doctoral researchers

The call for the next international SelmaMeyerMentoring of Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf is now open! The female doctoral researchers of all faculties are welcome to apply until October 20th, 2018.


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’.


09.10.18 When the brain is starved of energy

If the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain is compromised – for example through a stroke – nerve cells are already irreversibly damaged within a short space of time. The new Research Group “Synapses under stress”, in which scientists from Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Jülich, Münster and Twente are involved, concentrates on the processes that take place immediately after supply is interrupted. Spokesperson for the project, which has been awarded funds of € 2 million by the German Research Foundation, is neurobiologist Professor Christine Rose from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU).


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.


06.09.18 “The Prion Story”: Lecture by Stanley B. Prusiner, Nobel Prize winner and prions discoverer

At the invitation of professors Detlev Riesner and Dieter Willbold, Professor Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Prize winner and professor for neurology and biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), gave a lecture on 27 August 2018 in front of a packed audience on the topic of “Prions Causing Neurodegenerative Diseases."


05.09.18 MÄNNER. MACHT. THERAPIE. (MEN. POWER. THERAPY.)

On 21 and 22 September, the Clinical Institute for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of Düsseldorf University Hospital and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychoanalysis Düs-seldorf will be staging what is now the fifth Men’s Congress for experts and non-specialists at Heinrich Heine University.


24.08.18 Nobel Prize winner Stanley B. Prusiner holds lecture at the HHU

On the 27th of August the winner of the Nobel Prize Stanley B. Prusiner, Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), holds a public lecture on the topic of „Prions Causing Neurodegenerative Diseases“. Prusiner, who in 1997 has been awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of prions, accepted the invitation of the Professors Detlev Riesner and Dieter Willbold to speak at the university.


03.07.18 Toxic protein clumps can prevent their own disassembly

Many neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, are triggered by the clumping of certain protein molecules.

Together with colleagues in the USA, researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and Jülich Research Centre have now discovered that the small and particularly toxic aggregates known as oligomers protect themselves against their own disassembly and can thus remain toxic for longer. Their results have now been published in the “Chemical Science” journal.


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