© Dr. Thorsten Eierhoff, BIOSS, University of Freiburg.
Lipid zipper triggers bacterial invasion
Millions of people die each year from infections both in developing and industrial countries. There is still no effective treatment for a large number of diseases caused by pathogens. In order to treat infectious diseases effectively, we need to understand the mechanisms that bacteria use to infect human cells. Researchers at the University of Freiburg have discovered a novel mechanism that is used by Pseudomonas aeruginosa to enter the cell. Dr. Thorsten Eierhoff from the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS) and his colleagues call it a ‘lipid zipper mechanism’.
© Hainmüller/Bartos, University of Freiburg
About synapses and learning
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – the old proverb is not totally true. It is now known that the modulation of synaptic functions, including the formation of new neurons, still takes place in old age, although to a lesser extent than in childhood. Physician Thomas Hainmüller and Prof. Dr. Marlene Bartos from the University of Freiburg are investigating mechanisms that are the basis for long-term memory formation and have found that the inhibitory interneurons in the hippocampus play an important role.
Friedmund Neumann Prize 2015
In 2015 the Ernst Schering Foundation awards for the fourth time the Friedmund Neumann Prize to young scientists for outstanding basic research in human biology, chemistry or medicine. The prize is endowed with 10.000 Euros and is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Dr. vet. med. Friedmund Neumann (1935-2007) in honor of his groundbreaking research and his commitment to promoting young scientists. The deadline for nominations is the 15th of December 2014. more
ERA-NET-Bioenergy: 9th Joint Call
The 9th Joint call ERA-NET Bioenergy is open. The coordination and cooperation of national/regional research activities in the area of integrated bioenergy concepts will be promoted and proposals may focus on different bioenergy value chains or energy uses (heating/cooling, electricity, transport biofuels), but in all cases, the question of economic, environmental and social sustainability of the concept/value chain must be addressed in the proposal. Deadline for submission of outlines is January 12th, 2015.more