Pesticides damage nerve cells

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:41

Glyphosate-based pesticides can have a damaging effect on the peripheral nervous system. Scientists at the University Hospital in Essen have obtained this finding through investigations with cell cultures.

This week, everything is all about organ systems on microchips at Goethe University in Frankfurt. As part of the this year's Friedrich Merz Foundation Guest Professorship, the outstanding American scientist Prof. Donald E. Ingber from Harvard University in Boston will inform about his work at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. During a scientific symposium on December 5 and a citizens' forum on December 6, interested students and laypersons will have the opportunity to meet the researcher and debate with him about his work.

Scientists at Paul Ehrlich Institute have developed a method with which the reliable production of genetically modified induced pluripotent stem cells can be improved.

A research project on Parkinson's disease has started at the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences. Cell culture methods using dopamine-producing nerve cells will be standardized and in vitro disease models will be generated for therapeutic treatment.

DFG supports 3D tissue construct research

Monday, 12 November 2018 13:55

Starting in April 2019, the German Research Foundation will fund a new Research Training Group at RWTH Aachen University. It is going to investigate mechanisms of the formation of border or cover tissues. The basic research results will contribute to the development of complex tissue models that can be used for drug development and the replacement of animal experiments.

An interesting interview with one of the two this year' winners of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Research Prize, private lecturer Dr. Dr. Hamid Noori, can be read on the platform Laborpraxis.de.

Ispra: JCR Summer School 2019

Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:12

Under the title "Non-Animal Approaches in Science: Challenges & Future Directions", the Joint Research Center (JRC) is organizing a Summer School in Ispra (Italy) from May 21 to 24, 2019. Applications are accepted until 15 January 2019.

Bonn: Blood cells become nerve cells

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:09

Researchers from the Institute for Reconstructive Neurobiology at the University of Bonn, the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Neuroscience (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Bonn, together with other colleagues from the Universities of Bonn, Aachen and Munich, has succeeded in converting white blood cells directly into neuronal stem cells without the time-consuming process of inducing pluripotent cells (iPSC).

Organs on demand for medical training

Monday, 22 October 2018 11:33

The Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences in Krems/Danube has started a research project. With a 3D printer the researchers want to print realistic organ models for research and medical training.

Scientists headed by Dr Udo Klotzbach, Business Unit Manager Microtechnology at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden have received the Innovation Award of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO). The organisation honoured the scientists for their development of a multi-organ chip system, on which tiny organs connected by a blood circulation system can be reproduced.

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