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27.08.19 Biological risk potential of nanoparticles studied

Carbon nanoparticles are a promising tool for biomedical applications, for example for targeted transportation of biologically active compounds into cells. A team of researchers from the Physics, Medicine and Chemistry departments at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has now examined whether these particles are potentially dangerous for the organism and how cells cope with them once they have been incorporated. The findings of the interdisciplinary study have just been published in the journal Scientific Reports.


21.08.19 Shedding light on the reaction mechanism of PUVA light therapy for skin diseases

Together with their Munich-based colleagues, a team of physical chemists from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has clarified which chemical reactions take place during PUVA therapy. The therapy involves light-induced damage to the DNA of diseased cells. The team working under Prof. Dr. Peter Gilch has now published its findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.


15.08.19 HHU researchers research the basic principles of life

Within its “Life” programme, the Volkswagen Foundation is funding a joint project by Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr and Université de Strasbourg. In the coming five years, a team at the Institute of Molecular Evolution led by Prof. Dr. William Martin will recreate chemical conditions in the Earth’s crust four billion years ago to study the central role of inorganic catalysts for the emergence of life.


14.08.19 Stressed plants must have iron under control

When land plants’ nutrient availability dwindles, they have to respond to this stress. Plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have used available data to examine which genes plants activate in the event of stress and what these mean. They published their findings in the journal iScience.


14.08.19 HHU plant scientists take a stance on precision methods in breeding research

In an open statement issued today, European scientists have appealed to the European institutions to simplify the use of modern genome editing procedures in plant breeding. The statement is signed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber from the Institute of Plant Biochemistry as well as spokespersons from the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences CEPLAS and other plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU).


12.08.19 New youthful look for brand design of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

The logo for Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has been relaunched. From now on, it will feature a modern dark-blue brand with the established abbreviation and a stylised “D” that stands for Düsseldorf’s university. The process was initiated by the President of the University, Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck.


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).


17.06.19 Nobel physics laureate Gérard Mourou awarded honorary doctorate at HHU

14 June 2019 – The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) today conferred the title of honorary doctor to the 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Prof. Dr. Gérard Mourou. The renowned laser physicist was recognised for his intensive and sustained support of the research area of laser plasma physics at HHU.


31.05.19 Title of „Appelate Professor“ for Dr. Enno Freye removed

The Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (HHU) has removed the title of „appelate professor“ from Dr. Enno Freye.


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.


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