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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.


23.06.18 Caffeine from Four Cups of Coffee Protects the Heart and Vessels with the Help of Mitochondria

Caffeine consumption has been associated with lower risks for multiple diseases, including type II diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, but the mechanism underlying these protective effects has been unclear. A new study now shows that caffeine promotes the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria, enhancing their function and protecting cardiovascular cells from damage.


25.04.18 Green algae paved the way for land plants

When plants first went on shore about 510 million years ago, this was a tremendous challenge for their survival. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have discovered an important prerequisite for this step in “streptophyte algae”, the closest ancestors to plants: These algae already have stress-signalling pathways that were so far only known in plants and through which survival under the environmental conditions on land only becomes possible. The results of their study were announced in April in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


16.04.18 Evolutionary biologist Eva Nowack awarded Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018

Dr. Eva Nowack, evolutionary biologist and head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Microbial Symbiosis and Organelle Evolution” is one of the winners of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018. Germany's most important prize for early career researchers (endowed with € 20,000 per winner) is awarded annually by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to young scientists who have gained an excellent reputation at international level as a result of their research work.


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