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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.


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 SelmaMeyerMentoring für Doktorandinnen: Call for applications

Doktorandinnen aller fünf Fakultäten der HHU können sich um die Teilnahme in einem Mentoring Programm für Doktorandinnen SelmaMeyerWISS in der deutschen oder in der englischen Sprache bis zum 20. Oktober 2018 bewerben.


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."


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