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Nobel Prize winner to attend international conference

Published on 22. Februar 2018
Bielefeld University organizing international conference on optical nanoscopy (ICON)

Menschliche Zelle unter konventionellem Mikroskop (links) und hochauflösendem Mikroskop (rechts). Bild: Dr. Wolfgang Hübner
The US-American Nobel Prize winner Professor William E. Moerner together with more than 150 researchers and companies from all over the world will be attending the International Conference on Nanoscopy (ICON 2018) in Bielefeld from the 27th of February till the 2nd of March. The latest developments in the field of optical nanoscopy and their application in biology and biomedicine will be discussed at the meeting. Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics is organizing the conference together with the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungs- und Technologietransfers (GFT e.V.) and the company Bionano-Solutions. It will be held in the conference rooms of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.[Weiterlesen]
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National Action Plan for Health Literacy: Healthcare and academic experts call for a comprehensive strategy

Published on 19. Februar 2018

Federal Health Minister Gröhe: “With this roadmap, we can achieve a great deal."

Every second person in Germany has only limited health literacy. It is hard for them to understand and evaluate health-related information. A team of experts from academia and the healthcare field, led by Doris Schaeffer and Ullrich Bauer from the University of Bielefeld, Klaus Hurrelmann  from the Hertie School of Governance and Kai Kolpatzik from the AOK national association (AOK-Bundesverband), want to combat this deficit with a "National Action Plan for Health Literacy". The plan offers 15 concrete recommendations involving all the relevant actors, and aims to make the healthcare system more user-friendly and promote citizens’ health literacy. The "National Action Plan for Health Literacy" is an initiative of the academics and is sponsored by the Federal Minister of Health. The Robert Bosch Foundation and the AOK-Bundesverband funded the work.[Weiterlesen]
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The 17 best doctoral theses in 2017

Published on 26. Januar 2018
University Society awards Dissertation Prizes

On the 23rd of January, the Bielefeld University Society (UGBi) awarded Dissertation Prizes to young academics at Bielefeld University: the award goes to the best doctoral thesis of 2017 in each faculty. All 17 theses proposed by the faculties had received the highest classification of ‘summa cum laude’. This is the first time so many prizes have been awarded, and also the first time a prize winner has come from the Bielefeld School of Education (BiSED).[Weiterlesen]
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First discover the disorder and then find the patients

Published on 5. Januar 2018

Bielefeld biochemists confirm cause of initially unclear symptoms 

Der Biochemiker Prof. Dr. Thomas Dierks forscht zu Erbkrankheiten und Therapie-Konzepten, wobei defekte Enzyme und deren Ersatz im Mittelpunkt stehen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
The sequencing of the human genome has made it possible: nowadays scientists can discover potential disorders for which there are no known patients. Such a disorder is ‘MPS III-E’, originally also called ‘Dierks’s disorder’ after its discoverer. Doctors at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem (Israel) found consistent symptoms of progressive blindness in three patient families that indicated the presence of a previously unknown genetic defect. Genome analyses at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) delivered a candidate gene on which Professor Dr. Thomas Dierks from Bielefeld University had already published a research article in 2012. Studies by Dierks’ research team now revealed that these patients indeed suffer from ‘MPS III-E’.  The researchers are now presenting their analysis in the journal ‘Genetics in Medicine’, published by the Nature Publishing Group.

 

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New initiative giving a chance to refugee researchers

Published on 4. Januar 2018
Bielefeld University coordinating pan-European project with six partners

Die Initiative BRiDGE vernetzt gefährdete Forschende. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

They flee from regions beset by war and crises, and many come to Europe. They are academics in danger. Some find refuge in European academic institutions – including Bielefeld University, where they can continue their academic work. The newly approved project BRiDGE (Bridge for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe) aims to build bridges for these refugee researchers and researchers in danger. The project is supporting 220 refugee researchers, mostly those displaced in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and Germany, but also in all other European countries. Bielefeld University is taking responsibility for coordinating the project.[Weiterlesen]
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Virtual Twin in Ten Minutes

Published on 2. Januar 2018
CITEC Cluster of Excellence Project Accelerates Avatar Generation

Um das neue Verfahren zu testen, ließ sich der Doktorand Jascha Achenbach gleichzeitig von 40 Kameras fotografieren (links). Zehn Minuten später war die virtuelle Version des Forschers fertig (rechts). Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Avatars - virtual persons - are a core element of ICSpace, the virtual fitness and movement environment at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). The system makes it possible to practise and improve motion sequences by providing individualised feedback in real time. The system is embodied by a virtual person acting as a coach. In addition, users see themselves as avatars - virtual copies of themselves in the mirror of the virtual room. The creation of such personalised avatars used to take several days, but CITEC researchers have now developed an accelerated process.[Weiterlesen]
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The biological clock of plants

Published on 15. Dezember 2017

‘research_tv’ presents Bielefeld research on Nobel Prize topic

Die Biochemikerin Professorin Dr. Dorothee Staiger von der Universität Bielefeld forscht seit zwanzig Jahren an der inneren Uhr der Pflanzen. Screenshot: research_tv
On Sunday (10.12.2017), the Americans Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their research on the biological clock. They discovered the molecular mechanisms controlling biological rhythms. A new ‘research_tv’ report describes how scientists at Bielefeld are also advancing research on the biological clock. The biochemist Professor Dr. Dorothee Staiger from Bielefeld University explains what the three Nobel Prize winners have achieved and reports on the discoveries her research team has made together with collaborators.[Weiterlesen]
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New Collaborative Research Centre: The individual and its ecological niche

Published on 28. November 2017
Bielefeld University and the University of Münster cooperate in Transregio consortium

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

A new Transregio Collaborative Research Centre (CRC/TRR) with the abbreviated name ‘NC3’ will link the sub-disciplines of behavioural biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Its goal is to elucidate how animals succeed by individually adapting to their environment and thereby finding and exploiting their individualised ecological niche. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has now approved funding for CRC/TRR 212. Starting in January 2018, it will be supporting this new direction in research with a total of roughly 8.5 million Euros. The behavioural ecologist Professor Dr. Oliver Krüger from Bielefeld University is the speaker; the evolutionary biologist Professor Dr. Joachim Kurtz from the University of Münster, assumes the role of vice-speaker.[Weiterlesen]
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Spin current from heat: new material increases efficiency

Published on 20. November 2017
Study published by physicists from Bielefeld University

Electronic devices such as computers generate heat that mostly goes to waste. Physicists at Bielefeld University have found a way to use this energy: They apply the heat to generate magnetic signals known as ‘spin currents’. In future, these signals could replace some of the electrical current in electronic components. In a new study, the physicists tested which materials can generate this spin current most effectively from heat. The research was carried out in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Greifswald, Gießen University, and the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden. Their findings are being published today (20.11.2017) in the research journal ‘Nature Communications’.[Weiterlesen]
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Biological Timing: Biologists Investigate the Mechanism of an Auxiliary Clock

Published on 17. November 2017
Researchers use new systems biology methods on plants

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Staiger ist Expertin für die innere Uhr der Pflanzen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
In December, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology will be awarded for the identification of genes that control the biological clock. The honoured academics examined fruit flies to investigate the molecular basis of biological rhythms. Biochemist Professor Dr. Dorothee Staiger (Photo) of Bielefeld University has been investigating the biological clock of plants for twenty years. Her team has now published a new study in the research journal “Genome Biology”. One finding: not only the biological clock, but also a protein acting as an "auxiliary clock" ensures that recurring routines take place in the cells.[Weiterlesen]
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