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Jan Huisken takes up Humboldt-Professorship

Physicist strengthens MBExC research program in the field of multiscale biology. (mbexc/pug/umg) Physicist Prof. Dr. Jan Huisken has taken up his Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Göttingen. He was awarded the prestigious chair after successful nomination by the University in November last year. As a member of
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The MBExC welcomes Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadja Simeth

Chemist Nadja Simeth just started building-up her own junior research group for Molecular Labeling Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. The expert in the field of organic chemistry and photochemistry supports the research of the MBExC Cluster of Excellence. (mbexc) The chemist Dr. Nadja Simeth has been awarded a junior
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Revolutionary high-performance microscopy for the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence MBExC

The German Research Foundation and the State of Lower Saxony are funding the acquisition of an instrumentation set for cryo-electron microscopy/tomography for UMG professor Rubén Fernández-Busnadiego at the Cluster of Excellence MBExC. The instruments were delivered in April and set up in premises of the Faculty of Physics at the
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Better hearing with optical cochlear implants

Understanding spoken words, developing normal speech – cochlear implants enable people with profound hearing impairment to gain a great deal in terms of quality of life. However, background noises are problematic, they significantly compromise the comprehension of speech of people with cochlear implants. The team led by Tobias Moser from
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How synapses maintain their activity despite ageing

Scientists of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging (MBExC) and the Collaborative Research Center 1286, University Medical Center Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization uncover a link between protein turnover and synaptic activity. Published in Cell Reports. (mbexc/umg) Synapses, the communication sites between nerve cells, are
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Synaptic diversity broadens the range of sound we can hear

Hearing occurs when sensory hair cells in the inner ear convert sound into neural signals transmitted to the brain. The sensory hair cells have about a dozen communication points with the auditory nerve fibers, called synapses. Scientists from the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen discovered
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Jörg Enderlein receives ERC Advanced Grant

Physicist Professor and MBExC member Jörg Enderlein receives European Research Council Advanced Grant for his project “Single-molecule, metal-induced energy transfer”. (mbexc/pug) Physicist Professor Jörg Enderlein, PI of the Excellence Cluster “Multiscale Bioimaging” (MBExC), from the University of Göttingen has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).
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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. (mbexc/umg) ) Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser, Director of the Institute for Auditory
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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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Exhibition „Sinneswelten“ (World of Senses)

Since October 2020, fascinating enlargements of microscope images are presented in the exhibition „Sinneswelten“ (World of Senses) at the University Medical Center Göttingen. The gallery can be visited by patients, students and UMG employees, and is located between the main entrance and the Bettenhaus 1 . Due to the corona
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Two ERC Synergy Grants for Göttingen neuroscientists

Two Göttingen researchers receive highly regarded Synergy Grant funding from the European Research Council. More than six million euros of European funding will go to the Göttingen Campus. (mbexc/umg/mpiem) Professors Silvio Rizzoli, Director of the Institute of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), and Nils
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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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New insights into lung tissue in Covid-19 disease

Researchers led by Göttingen University develop new three-dimensional imaging technique to visualize tissue damage in severe Covid-19 (pug) 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
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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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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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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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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

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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