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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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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“. (umg/ mbexc) Congenital heart diseases are the most common organ defects. They occur
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30. Juli 2020Like

In one sweep: Visualization of protein mobility in the synapse

(mbexc/umg) All functions of the neural system, including body movements, sensory reactions, and information processing in the brain, depend on the constant and controlled communication between nerve cells. The contact sites between nerve cells, the synapses, have been extensively studied over the last decades, extending our understanding of brain functioning
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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. (mbexc/umg) The cochlear implant (CI) enables worldwide over 700,000 people with profoundly
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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. (umg/mbexc) Human alpha-synuclein (hαSyn) is a physiological protein that is primarily found in nerve cells, and is involved in
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Optical cochlear implant in the cochlea of a gerbil
6. 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. (umg/mbexc) Conventional hearing prostheses, so-called cochlear
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25. 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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8. November 2019Like

Jutta Gärtner receives Hamburg Science Prize 2019 “Congenital Rare Diseases”

Special award for pioneering work in the field of rare congenital neurometabolic diseases in childhood and adolescence: The Academy of Sciences in Hamburg presented Prof. Dr. Jutta Gärtner from the University Medical Center Göttingen the 100,000 Euro science prize. Prof. Dr. Jutta Gärtner, Director of the Department of Paediatrics and
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23. September 2019Like

Sarah Köster receives EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2019

The physicist Prof. Dr. Sarah Köster from the University of Göttingen has received the EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2019 (summer) of the European Physical Society (EPS). The EPS honours Köster’s groundbreaking contributions to the physics of biological cells and biopolymers, especially in the field of intermediary
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