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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.


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.


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