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CAAT honoured with Act4Animals award

Monday, 23 June 2014 21:05

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Hartung and the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) have been honoured by the Eurogroup for Animals with an Act4Animals award for their long-lasting commitment to replacing animal experiments. Eurogroup for Animals is a European animal welfare initiative comprising various national animal protection organisations.

The dopamine pump of Parkinson´s sufferers is less effective at pumping out dopamine and storing it in the brain cells. If dopamine is not stored correctly, however, it can cause self-destruction of the affected nerve cells.

In their recent essay in the open access Journal BMJ (previously British Medical Journal), Dr. Pandora Pound from the School of Social and Community Medicine in Bristol, UK, and Michael Bracken, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor for Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, take a critical look at animal models and their possible transferability to humans.

National cohort study started

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 20:59

In May the largest German health study with 200,000 volunteers started work at the Study Centre Hannover. As of October the study will start nationwide.

American scientists headed by Sue O'Shea, professor in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology and director of the U-M Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Lab, and Melvin McInnis, the Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Michigan, have successfully used induced pluripotent stem cells to reveal important genetic background information on bipolar disorders.

Alzheimer's: no cure in sight

Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:55

An online survey conducted by the non-profit Alzheimer's Research Initiative (AFI) questioning 203 Alzheimer's researchers from seven European countries found that a cure for Alzheimer´s disease is not expected in the foreseeable future.

Cell biologists from the University of Zurich have compiled a comprehensive map of control systems that enable intracellular transport of nutrients and messengers via membranes to the target sites in the cells.

The Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R with integrated graduate education will be officially opened on Friday 4 July.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has currently published the second report on the use of Alternatives to Testing on Animals for the REACH Regulation.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:54

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize of US$25,000. Since 2002 it has been awarded annually to one young scientist of 35 years of age or younger for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.