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15. April 2020
One of the ERC Advanced Grants for Patrick Cramer
Every year, top researchers apply to the European Research Council (ERC) for funding. The highly remunerated ERC Advanced Grants are particularly sought after. Patrick Cramer, Max Planck Director and vice speaker of the MBExC in Göttingen, was successful for the third time – an exceptional achievement. The biochemist investigates how cells use the information stored […]
13. Mai 2020
Patrick Cramer elected to the National Academy of Sciences
The US-American National Academy of Sciences has elected Patrick Cramer as Foreign Associate. The prestigious academy thus honors the biochemist for his outstanding research on a fundamental process of life – how cells read the information encoded in the genes and how this is regulated. “To have been elected into the American Academy is a […]
26. Juni 2020
Coupled hair cells in the inner ear –
„Together we are strong!“
When we hear, the sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear transduce sound signals of a certain pitch and convert them for transmission to the brain. For the first time, scientists of the Göttingen Campus, the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging” and the University College London have shown that a third of […]
3. Juli 2020
Optical cochlear implant in the cochlea of a gerbil
Lighting array in the ear: First use of multi-channel cochlear implants with microscale light-emitting diodes
A milestone in hearing research: Researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen and the University of Freiburg combine for the first time gene therapy in the cochlea with optical cochlear implants to optogenetically activate the auditory pathway in gerbils. Published in EMBO Molecular Medicine. Link to the press release
17. Juli 2020
New biosensor detects cell-to-cell transmission of the Parkinson-associated protein α-Synuclein
Scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging develop a new biosensor capable of detecting the transmission of human α-synuclein, a key protein associated to Parkinson’s disease. Published in Nature Communications. Link to the press release
22. Juli 2020
On the way to the optical cochlear implant
Interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University Medical Center Göttingen and the University of Freiburg generate for the first time light-controlled behaviour in deaf rodents using optical cochlear implants based on light-emitting diodes. Published in Science Translational Medicine. Link to the press release
30. Juli 2020
In one sweep: Visualization of protein mobility in the synapse
A team of scientists around Prof. Dr. Silvio O. Rizzoli and Prof. Dr. Sarah Köster was able to generate the first visualizations of movement of 45 proteins in a cell simultaneously, thus demonstrating the realistic mobility of thousands of protein molecules represented in their realistic shapes and sizes within a synapse. The study uncovers several […]
5. August 2020
CRISPR/Cas9 – GENE EDITING: New therapeutic approach for congenital heart defects
Scientists at the Heart Center of the University Medical Center Göttingen have for the first time found an approach for a personalised therapy option with “gene editing” for the Noonan Syndrome. Publication in the renowned journal “Circulation“. Link to the press release
11. August 2020
Dissecting protein assemblies
In an initial application of the powerful MINFLUX nanoscopy technique to cell biology, researchers led by Stefan Hell and Stefan Jakobs have now optically dissected the distribution of individual proteins in a ~ 20-nanometer-sized protein cluster within a cellular organelle in 3D using multiple colors. MINFLUX nanoscopy thus proves to be an extremely powerful tool […]
21. August 2020
New insights into lung tissue in Covid-19 disease
Physicists at the University of Göttingen and the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging” (MBExC), together with pathologists and lung specialists at the Medical University of Hannover, have developed a three-dimensional imaging technique that enables high resolution and three-dimensional representation of damaged lung tissue following severe Covid-19. Using a special X-ray microscopy technique, they were able […]

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