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In accordance with the latest NRW government and University of Duisburg-Essen health and safelty regulations, BIOME lectures, seminars and retreats are once again gradually returning to physical events. For a protected and stable return to normality, it is strongly recommended that all individuals get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible in order to profit from the benefits of immunity under these renewed circumstances.Essen - Vaccination without an Appointment
During the Ischemia, Reperfusion and Angiogenesis virtual retreat, the members presented their dissertation projects in the form of 5-minute science slams. The creativity was inspiring, including analogies of a laboratory mouse's diary, a business analysis of a coffee factory, teleshopping sales of newly developed substances, history lessons, children's stories, comics, animes, letters to grandmother, fantasy cities, nutritional advice and much more. The top three talks, determined by online voting, were given by Pascal Martsch (1st), Ozan Karaman (2nd), and Lilo Valerie Burk (3rd).
This was followed by an impressive keynote talk by Prof. Holger Wormer from the Institute for Journalism at the Technical University of Dortmund on the subject, "Science communication for everybody or science selling in a soap selling style?". The subsequent discussion addressed the challenges of today's science communication. A relevant topic not only for our scientists, as the recently published results of a Germany-wide survey among scientists from Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), the German Center for University and Science Research (DZHW) and the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) has established: Despite the positive perception of science communication and its relevance for science and society, the lack of time, opportunity, and resources are seen as the greatest barriers to more communication. Scientists would appreciate more support within academic institutions as well as additional workshops and training.
In order for an organism to develop and regenerate, cells have to multiply. During propagation, several precisely defined states are passed through, the transitions of which are strictly regulated. The central molecular mechanisms for these are now being investigated by a new Collaborative Research Center (CRC) set up by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the UDE. Around 10 million euros will be available for this over the next four years.
The CRC 1430 “Molecular Mechanisms of Cell State Transitions” aims to understand how the interplay between molecular signals and the regulatory switches work, which together trigger the transitions between defined cell states. This interaction, which has not been adequately understood until now, is decisive for cell growth and division, but also for the development and treatment of cancer. The researchers hope to gain new knowledge that will open up new treatment options.
"Our scientific work begins where conventional approaches have reached their limits," explains the biologist and designated spokesman for the CRC Prof. Dr. Hemmo Meyer. "The collaboration between biologists, chemists and oncologists is therefore particularly suitable for achieving real conceptual progress in understanding molecular mechanisms and for highlighting novel therapeutic strategies."
02.02.2021 Karl Oberdisse Prize for Irina Kube
MSc Irina Kube, PhD student at the Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism (Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. D. Führer), was awarded the Karl Oberdisse Prize 2021 of the North Rhine-Westphalian Society for Endocrinology and Diabetology at its annual conference.
In her award-winning work within the SFB / TR 296 (LOCOTACT) in the working group of Dr. Denise Zwanziger, she investigated the formation of gallstones due to an underactive thyroid. In an animal model, she was able to show that hypothyroidism leads to an increased prevalence of gallstones due to the increased hydrophobicity of primary bile acids. She was recently able to publish the research results in the specialist journal Thyroid.
Due to the corona pandemic, the award ceremony took place digitally.
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The Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany has been founded to integrate all PhD and MD graduates within the Faculties of Biology and Medicine into a cutting-edge interdisciplinary study programme tailored to ensure that they receive an outstanding, globally focused academic education. Additionally, we have created an intramural umbrella organisation for the research foci through the erection of a synergetic framework between the research training groups (RTGs) and the BIOME thematic cores. The university’s internal drive to provide structures furthering soft skills, gender equality and family-oriented support additionally contributes to an excellent, all-round tertiary environment.Read more