In accordance with the latest NRW government and University of Duisburg-Essen health and safelty regulations, all BIOME lectures and seminars have resumed digitally as from 20.04.2020. The core-specific, "biome@home" programmes are scheduled to run until physical teaching is once again possible.

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25.05.2021 CRC 1430 - Deciphering the Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Reproduction

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."

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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.

27.11.2020 Medical Faculty's Digital Research Day

The Medical Faculty's annual Research Day went digital this year and was well-supported with the participation of 175 doctoral students and 70 reviewers in 17 groups as well as more than 600 spectators. BIOME-affiliated poster prize winners included Anna-Lena Beerlage, Eva Boog-Whiteside, Marvin Droste, Jana-Fabienne Ebel, Lena Gockeln, Anne Günther, Nhi Ngo Thi Phuong, Theresa Quinting, Armin Spomer, Johannes Wilhelmi and Jiajin Yang. Special mention should be made here of Beatrice Thier and Rebekka Vogtmann for the outstanding achievement of each being awarded a poster prize for the third year in a row, and of Venkatesh Kumar Murugasan who was a runner-up in the science slam. Excellent work, and congratulations to all.

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18-20.11.2020 1st BIOME Virtual Retreat

The Covid-19 pandemic did not hinder the triple BIOME cores for Cellular and Molecular Immunology/Infectious Diseases/Tumour and Signalling from holding their annual interdisciplinary retreat this year, which, due to lockdown, took place held virtually on three intensive, consecutive mornings. The retreat's programme was adapted to suit the format accordingly: instead of the usual talk and poster sessions, each doctoral member was given a strictly-scheduled, four-minute talk slot in which to present their research's punchline, with a further two minutes for peer discussion thereafter. The sessions were sovereignly hosted by doctoral chairs, with discussion panel members being announced at the beginning of each session. This year's keynote speaker was Toni Cathomen (University of Freiburg) who gave a fascinating overview of the clinical translation of genome editing. Prizes for each day's best doctoral presentation were awarded to Nina Buß, Keven Hörster and Beatrice Thier.

© For the kind permission of the SARS-CoV-2 image used in the collage above, BIOME would like to thank the following scientists:
Maren Bormann1, Lukas van de Sand1, Leonie Schipper1, Bernd Walkenfort2 and PD Dr. rer. nat. Adalbert Krawczyk1 from the 1Department of Infectious Diseases and the 2Electron Microscopy Unit (EMU) of the IMCES, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

International Recognition for UDE's Biomedical Research

The international excellence of biomedical research at the University of Duisburg-Essen is reflected in the latest US News & World Report on the Best Global Universities with three listings in the top 100 subject rankings for Oncology (# 15), Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems (# 57) and Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging (# 70) in particular.

At the end of 2018, the Science Council already highlighted the great potential and the highly positive development at the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University Hospital Essen in recent years and emphasised the location's success in research. “The very good placement in this important international ranking confirms that we have chosen the right path so far,” states the Dean of the the Medical Faculty, Prof. Jan Buer.

Clinical Medicine at the University Hospital Essen also performed notably: it is the front runner in North Rhine Westphalia, is ranked 8th in the top 10 in Germany and reached 129th place worldwide.

Compared with the 1 500 universities included in the ranking, UDE is 5th in NRW, 21st in Germany, 124th in Europe, and 285th worldwide.

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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.

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