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18. November 20201

Highly awarded “Scientific Grand prize” of the Fondation Pour l’Audition for Göttingen hearing researcher

Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser receives high distinction from French Fondation Pour l’Audition: “Scientific Grand Prize” 2020 honours his pioneering work on the optical cochlear implant for the treatment of hearing loss. The prize is endowed with 100,000 euros. Link to the press release
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17. November 20202

Physicist Dr. Jan Huisken nominated for top level research at the Cluster of Excellence MBExC

Göttingen University receives another Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (mbexc/umg) The University of Göttingen was once again successful in the competition for the most highly endowed German research award: Physicist Dr. Jan Huisken, nominated by the University of Göttingen, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. The professorship, financed by
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12. November 20201

Mini-Symposium “Excitable cell networks in heart and brain”

on November 23rd and 30th, 2020, from 1 pm until 5 pm via ZOOM This mini symposium focuses on cross-scale analysis of information processing in cardiac and/or neural networks by means of imaging, optogenetics and/or electrophysiology as well as computational modelling. Such cross-scale analysis propagates insights from the structural and
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9. November 20201

Exhibition „Sinneswelten“ (World of Senses)

The exhibition “Sinneswelten” provides special insights into the wonderful world of senses at the cellular level of sensory cells and neurons from an artistic perspective. The displayed images are results of the daily work of the scientists at the Collaborative Research Center 889 (CRC889). They have been acquired with different
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6. November 20202

ERC Synergy Grants for Göttingen neuroscientists

Professors Silvio Rizzoli from Göttingen, Director of the Institute of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), and Nils Brose, Director of the Department of Molecular Neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine (MPI-EM), both members of the MBExC, are among the recipients of
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21. Oktober 20201

World record resolution in cryo electron microscopy

Holger Stark and his team at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry have broken a crucial resolution barrier in cryo electron microscopy. The scientists succeeded in observing single atoms in a protein structure and taking the sharpest images ever with this method. Such unprecedented details are essential to
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20. Oktober 20201

Coronavirus: Study finds further door opener into the cell

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is known to infect cells via the receptor ACE2. An international research team under German-Finnish coordination has now identified neuropilin-1 as a factor that can facilitate SARS-CoV-2 entry into the cells’ interior. Neuropilin-1 is localized in the respiratory and olfactory epithelia, which could be a strategically important
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28. August 2020Like

Generation of human brain organoids with the ability to learn

Stem cell technologies are revolutionizing the biomedical field. Scientists at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) in collaboration with research partners of the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging” (MBExC) and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) combined induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and their deep knowledge in the bioengineering
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21. August 2020Like

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
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11. August 2020Like

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
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5. August 2020Like

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
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30. Juli 2020Like

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
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22. Juli 2020Like

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
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17. Juli 2020Like

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
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Optical cochlear implant in the cochlea of a gerbil
3. Juli 2020Like

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
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26. Juni 2020Like

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
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13. Mai 2020Like

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
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15. April 2020Like

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
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