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Minister of Science Falko Mohrs visits Göttingen Cluster of Excellence
22.03.2024

Minister of Science Falko Mohrs visits Göttingen Cluster of Excellence

Falko Mohrs, Minister of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, visited the researchers of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” (MBExC) on Friday, 22 March 2024. The occasion was the continuation application to be submitted by MBExC in August to apply
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Heart & Brain – Understanding Together
13.03.2024

Heart & Brain – Understanding Together

New special exhibition at the Forum Wissen opens on 18 April 2024   How does a “patch” for the heart work? Can we hear with light? And how can insights from basic research be used to help diagnose and treat diseases? The “Heart & Brain – understanding together” exhibition examines
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Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Optogenetic Therapies approved
08.03.2024

Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Optogenetic Therapies approved

Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) supports new research center for optogenetic therapies with 37.4 million euros over ten years at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG). The state of Lower Saxony is strongly supporting the establishment of the center and, together with the UMG, is holding out the prospect of up to
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Light into the darkness of photosynthesis: 3D insights into the copying machine of chloroplasts
01.03.2024

Light into the darkness of photosynthesis: 3D insights into the copying machine of chloroplasts

• A molecular 3D snapshot of the copying machine in chloroplasts, the RNA polymerase PEP, provides new insights into the evolution and function of plant photosynthesis. • Using a cryo-electron microscope, a high-resolution image of a 19-subunit PEP complex from white mustard (Sinapis alba) was taken. • Evolutionary analyses indicate
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New gene therapy for children born deaf in clinical trials
01.02.2024

New gene therapy for children born deaf in clinical trials

To date, hearing impairment can only be treated with medical devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants. Gene therapy could offer an alternative in certain cases in the future. Building on pioneering work by researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), children suffering from a hearing impairment due
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Energy supply in human cells is subject to quality control
19.01.2024

Energy supply in human cells is subject to quality control

Researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and members of the MBExC have discovered a new quality control mechanism that regulates the energy production in human cells. This process takes place in mitochondria, the power plants of the cell. Malfunctions of mitochondria lead to serious diseases of the nerves,
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New insights into sound coding in our ears
14.12.2023

New insights into sound coding in our ears

Sensory cells and neurons in the ear communicate by secreting neurotransmitter in response to sound stimuli. Scientists of the University Medical Center Göttingen, the Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging, and the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences describe new details of this process that regulates the release of neurotransmitters and
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Detecting side effects of new drugs on the heart more efficiently
05.12.2023

Detecting side effects of new drugs on the heart more efficiently

Scientists at the University Medical Center and the University of Göttingen have developed a new approach to keep intact heart tissue for about two weeks in culture for more efficient cardiotoxicity screening of new active substances and therapeutic approaches. The advantage: this method is already effective in a very early
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Protein stock for the beginning of a new life
06.11.2023

Protein stock for the beginning of a new life

How mysterious structures in the egg cell supply the early embryo as protein storage sites When mammals have offspring, they invest a lot. Unlike fish or frogs, the embryo cannot develop on its own. It has to implant in the uterus, where it is supplied with everything it needs to
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Heart and Brain Together in Focus – Public lecture series starting Nov. 7, 2023
13.10.2023

Heart and Brain Together in Focus – Public lecture series starting Nov. 7, 2023

„Herz und Hirn gemeinsam im Fokus“ (Heart and Brain Together in Focus) is the title of the public lecture series of the University of Göttingen and the Lower Saxony Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen in the winter semester 2023/2024. In the series, scientists of the Göttingen Cluster of
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State of Lower Saxony supports further preclinical development of optical cochlear implants
29.06.2023

State of Lower Saxony supports further preclinical development of optical cochlear implants

The State of Lower Saxony and the VolkswagenFoundation have granted researchers of the University Medical Center Göttingen, the Leibniz University Hannover and the Clusters of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging and Hearing4all funding by the zukunft.niedersachsen program. Their project on the development of optical cochlear implants for the restoration of hearing in
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Emilie Macé takes up new professorship for Dynamics of Excitable Cell Networks
03.04.2023

Emilie Macé takes up new professorship for Dynamics of Excitable Cell Networks

Neuroscientist and expert in functional ultrasound bioimaging strengthens research profile of the Cluster of Excellence MBExC.   (mbexc/umg) Prof. Dr. Emilie Macé has taken up the university professorship for Dynamics of Excitable Cell Networks at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) on 1st April 2023. The professorship was newly established
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In the control room for hearing with light
03.03.2023

In the control room for hearing with light

Optical cochlear implants promise to improve the restoration of hearing in hearing loss and deafness. A Göttingen team of hearing researchers around Antoine Huet have now defined for the first time the biologically plausible range of stimulation parameters for the use of the optical cochlea implant in humans. Published in
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ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Tobias Moser
23.02.2023

ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Tobias Moser

Auditory neuroscientist of the University Medical Center Göttingen receives additional funding by the European Research Council. His project “OptoWave” concentrates on optimizing the optical cochlear implant for the application in hearing impaired people. (mbexc/umg) Tobias Moser, MD, Director of the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen
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European funding for Rubén Fernández Busnadiego
31.01.2023

European funding for Rubén Fernández Busnadiego

Expert in cryo-electron microscopy at the University Medical Center Göttingen receives Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council to investigate the membrane architecture of nerve cells and its pathological alterations in axonopathies. (mbexc/umg) Prof. Dr. Rubén Fernández Busnadiego from the Institute for Neuropathology at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG)
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European top funding for investigating the exciting mechanisms of mitochondrial gene expression
05.10.2022

European top funding for investigating the exciting mechanisms of mitochondrial gene expression

Prof. Dr. Peter Rehling, cell biochemist at the University Medical Center Göttingen recives for the second time an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). (umg/mbexc) Prof. Dr. Peter Rehling, Director of the Institute of Cellular Biochemistry at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), spokesperson of the Göttingen Collaborative
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State of Lower Saxony promotes the preclinical development of the optical cochlear implant
12.08.2022

State of Lower Saxony promotes the preclinical development of the optical cochlear implant

The state of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation approve funding for scientists of the UMG and the MBExC Cluster of Excellence of about 1 milion euros of the “SPRUNG” (formerly: “Niedersächsisches Vorab”) for the development of the optical cochlear implant for the restoration of hearing in humans. (umg/mbexc) Hearing
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Stefan Hell elected to the Order Pour le mérite
27.07.2022

Stefan Hell elected to the Order Pour le mérite

The association honors the Nobel laureate in chemistry and director of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences in Göttingen for his special services to science. Admission to the Order is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on researchers or artists in Germany. In addition
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