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26.11.2015, Research news
Prestigious award for deciphering proteome

Professor Bernhard Küster receives HUPO-Award

HUPO President Prof. Dr. Mark Baker presented the HUPO Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award 2015 to Prof. Bernhard Küster from the TUM Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics. (image: Jon Benjamin)

Professor Bernhard Küster from the Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics at the Technische Universität München (TUM) has won this year’s HUPO Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award for his research on the deciphering of the human proteome. This award is presented by the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO), a specialist international institution, and is regarded as the most prestigious award in proteome research worldwide.

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25.11.2015, Campus news
HRK member universities support nation-wide campaign against xenophobia

TUM supports German Rector’s Conference initiative

TUM Asia Students visit TUM during their Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP). (Photo: A. Heddergott)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is taking a strong stance for inclusion and cross-cultural engagement. TUM is supporting a campaign initiated by the German Rector’s Conference (HRK) aimed at fostering an open mindset at universities and opposing xenophobia. The latest initiative in the campaign is an immediate action program at TUM that helps refugees fleeing from crisis-hit regions.

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25.11.2015, Research news
TUM bioinformaticists shed light on the structures of dark proteins

The "dark matter" in the protein universe

Scientists try to reveal the structures of the dark proteome.

Whether in the form of antibodies, enzymes or carriers: proteins play a crucial role in biology. While researchers have been able to at least partially determine the three-dimensional structure of many proteins, the structures of many other protein building blocks and even entire protein molecules remain as yet unknown. These "dark proteins" could be the key to understanding diseases. Using bioinformatics methods, an international team of scientists including researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has come one step closer to unveiling the mystery that surrounds the dark proteome. Protein research and biomedicine are two of TUM’s core research areas.

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21.11.2015, Menschen
Prestigious Award of the German Physical Society

Professor Christian Pfleiderer awarded Max Born Prize

Professor Christian Pfleiderer awarded Max-Born-Prize. (Photo: Astrid Eckert & Andreas Heddergott / TUM)

Professor Christian Pfleiderer, physicist at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has been awarded the Max Born Prize “for his important contributions to novel forms of magnetic order, in particular skyrmion grids and their manipulation via electrical currents,” as the German Physical Society writes. The prize, which is endowed with 3000 euro, will be presented in London in 2016.

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20.11.2015, Research news
Organoid exhibits essential functions of a real intestine

Mini-intestine grown in a test tube

Organoids just a quarter of a millimeter across exhibit functions of the human intestine. (Photo: TUM/ Zietek)

The ability to grow three-dimensional precursors of an organ from stem cells in a Petri dish has brought about a revolution in the field of biomedicine. But exactly what can be researched on such an organoid in vitro? A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown for the first time how artificially grown mini-intestines can be used in nutritional and diabetic research.

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19.11.2015, Research news
Topping-out ceremony at new TranslaTUM central institute

TUM sets the next milestone in biomedicine

At TranslaTUM interdisciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and clinicians will work together to quickly “translate” research findings into practical applications, hence the name TranslaTUM. (Picture: doranth post architekten GmbH)

Translational cancer research will be the focus of the new TranslaTUM central institute at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The topping-out ceremony for the new research building (investment volume of approx. EUR 60 million) has just taken place. Biomedical research connects at all three TUM locations. Located on the clinic campus in Bogenhausen, TranslaTUM will provide interdisciplinary teams bringing together engineers, scientists and clinicians with the ideal environment to quickly “translate” research findings into practical applications (diagnostics, therapies), hence the name TranslaTUM. The Chair of Medical Sensor Technology, a position which is in the process of being filled, will also be based at the new central institute to ensure full integration into clinical practice.



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19.11.2015, Research news
New X-ray method uses scattering to visualize nanostructures

Details from the inner life of a tooth

Representation of the orientation of collagen fibers within a tooth sample. The sample’s three-dimensional nanostructure was computed from a large number of separate images recorded by X-ray scattering CT. (Image: Schaff et al. / Nature)

Both in materials science and in biomedical research it is important to be able to view minute nanostructures, for example in carbon-fiber materials and bones. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Lund, Charité hospital in Berlin and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have now developed a new computed tomography method based on the scattering, rather than on the absorption, of X-rays. The technique makes it possible for the first time to visualize nanostructures in objects measuring just a few millimeters, allowing the researchers to view the precise three-dimensional structure of collagen fibers in a piece of human tooth.

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17.11.2015, Research news
Neutrons explain aging process in lithium ion batteries

Perpetual youth for batteries?

Dr. Stefan Seidlmayer and Dr. Petra Kudejová at the PGAA instrument at FRM II – Photo: Claudia Niiranen / TUM

A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects. Scientists from the Department of Technical Electrochemistry and the Research Neutron Source FRM II at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now come a step closer to identifying the causes in their latest experiments.

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16.11.2015, Campus news
Bavaria recognizes TUM computer scientist and clinician

Teaching Excellence Prize awarded to Gudrun Klinker and Bettina Kuschel

Secretary of State Bernd Sibler recognizes Bettina Kuschel and Gudrun Klinker (left to right) for their teaching excellence.

Gudrun Klinker, TUM Professor of Augmented Reality, and Dr. Bettina Kuschel of the University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Prize by the Bavarian Ministry of Science. Prof. Klinker devised the successful “Informatics: Games Engineering” Bachelor course. Dr. Kuschel reorganized practical training module in gynecology and obstetrics so that students could actively learn in a clinical setting.

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19.11.2015, Campus news
TUM defines a new dimension for biomedical research

World-class nuclear magnetic resonance center

PStS Stefan Müller (BMBF), Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Ludwig Spaenle,  TUM-President Prof. W.A. Herrmann, Prof. Michael Sattler, Director of the BNMRZ with the cornerstone for a new building for the Bavarian NMR Center (fltr) - photo: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) secures its leading international position in medical protein research with a new large-scale, cutting-edge facility: Today, at the Garching Campus, Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, State Secretary Stefan Müller of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Hermann laid the cornerstone for the new research building of the Bavarian NMR Center. The heart of the facility is a 1.2 gigahertz spectrometer. The investment of 33 million euro is shared equally by the German federal government and the state of Bavaria.

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