—Genetic factors contribute significantly to the development of bipolar disorder. The probably largest analysis to date on the hereditary factors involved has now been published. More than 40,000 affected individuals and 370,000 controls were included in the study; some 320 researchers around the globe were involved. Lead partners for the project included the Icahn School of Medicine, New York, the University of Oslo and the University Hospital Bonn. The results not only provide new insights into the…
—Once again this year, the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence is celebrating the Day of Immunolgy, which takes place worldwide on April 29, with a digital event.
On April 24th (Saturday) we will opened the world of immunology to young and old with various lectures and live experiments. The focus was on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and how it affects the immune system.
Kids and their parents participated in a live experiment on how to extract DNA from banana performed from Dr. Gregor Hagelüken. The TRR 259 Aortic Disease performed a live tour through one of their laboratories explaining…
—Girls' Day is a once a year action day that aims to motivate girls and women to take up technical and scientific professions.
Since 2014 we participate in this event. This year due to Corona restrictions we held our Girls' Day in a digital way.
12 girls isolated DNA from a banana, visited one on our labs with a live tour online and checked the growth of bacteria from different places in their homes.
The lab of Katrin Paeschke supported the Girls' Day and helped giving insights to the young girls.
—The building of the Biomedical Center II on the Venusberg campus in Bonn is ready! The new building for excellent biomedical research, which began in 2017, has now been inaugurated with an event in hybrid format.
Economics and Innovation Minister Prof. Pinkwart said in his keynote address: The inauguration of the modern biomedical campus with digital technology is a milestone that will be both recognition and incentive for the Bonn University Hospital.
Success in the "Advanced Clinician Scientist" proposal
—The Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) will be in the next five years part of the tender "Advanced Clinician Scientist" (ACS) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the areas of immunopathogenesis and organ dysfunction as well as brain and neurodegeneration. The Medical Faculty and the UKB will receive around 9,000,000 euros for the project, with which the Advanced Clinician Scientist Program Bonn will be set up.
—Urban Tanzanians have a more activated immune system compared to their rural counterparts. The difference in diet appears to explain this difference: in the cities, people eat a more western style diet, while in rural areas a traditional diet is more common.
—The course for organ health is set in the early embryo. For this finding, Prof. Elvira Mass, a scientist from the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation, receives the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers, which is endowed with 60,000 euros. In her research, she showed that specialized immune cells from the yolk sac accompany organ development and contribute to maintaining their health throughout life.
ImmunoSensation scientist discover differences in fat metabolism
—Coconut oil has increasingly found its way into German kitchens in recent years, although its alleged health benefits are controversial. Scientists at the University of Bonn from the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation have now been able to show how it is metabolized in the liver. Their findings could also have implications for the treatment of certain diarrheal diseases. The results are published in the journal Molecular Metabolism.
School Project about Healthy Food and the Immune System
—Junior researchers Dr. Anette Christ and Dr. Elisabeth Jurack at the University of Bonn receive 10,000 euros from the BMBF and "Wissenschaft im Dialog" for their Podcast: How do we eat in the 21st century?
Bonn schoolchildren will soon be able to deal with this question together with scientists in a podcast. The biologists from the Cluster of Excellence impressed with their communication idea in the Germany-wide university competition.