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Acute liver failure is a rare yet life-threatening disease for young children. It often occurs extremely rapidly, for example, when a child has a fever. Yet in around 50 percent of cases it is unclear as to why this happens. Now, a team of researchers working on an international research project headed by Technische Universität München (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered a link between the disease and mutations in a specific gene. The researchers used whole genome sequencing to uncover the mutations, which affect transport processes in cells.
A new bio-inspired zeolite catalyst, developed by an international team with researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM), Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Amsterdam, might pave the way to small scale 'gas-to-liquid' technologies converting natural gas to fuels and starting materials for the chemical industry. Investigating the mechanism of the selective oxidation of methane to methanol they identified a copper-oxo-cluster as the active center inside the zeolite micropores.
Universities play a central role in nurturing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, especially if they work together. This role needs to be more broadly recognized, supported, and leveraged. This is the call issued by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, a strategic partnership of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) – all of which have a solid track record in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Garching science campus, one of the largest centers for research and teaching in Germany, extends it invitation to the public on June 27th 2015 for the "Long Night of Science". Between 5.30 p.m. and midnight over 30 campus facilities will open their doors to visitors. An extensive program of experiments, tours and presentations will provide an exciting glimpse into the world of science and research. The event will be accompanied by live music on the stage of the GARNIX festival.
Technische Universität München (TUM) is establishing the “TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA)” to concentrate its wide-ranging expertise in protein research. It will conduct cross-departmental research into the functionalities and mechanisms of action of proteins – a key to understanding cells, tissues, and organs. On this basis, the interdisciplinary Center will develop biomedical applications, for example to treat diseases caused by malfunctions in the interplay between biomolecules. The Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided today that the German Federal Government and the State of Bavaria will fund the new CPA building on the Garching Campus to the tune of 40 million euros.
Technische Universität München (TUM), LMU Munich and the University of Heidelberg are the three leading research institutions in the field of natural sciences among German universities according to the Nature Index, which was published today. The ranking by the Nature Publishing Group counts publications in the most important international journals, comparing both university and non-university research institutions. The TUM ranked 81st worldwide, making it – as last year – the fourth best technical university in Europe.
Day in, day out harmful substances leech into the ground and detergents are flushed down the drain: We all contribute to chemicals in the water cycle. On top of this come natural substances from the environment. A single environmentally relevant water sample contains up to several thousand different organic molecules. But what are these substances? Over 8,000 molecule profiles have already been stored in a public database for future analysis. This preventative water screening system is now being expanded internationally and harmonized with further strategies in the "FOR-IDENT" project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
This year’s university elections will be held on June 23rd, 2015. Called to vote in this election are all students entitled to vote, as well as members of the following five departments: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering and the TUM School of Education.
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) – an otherwise unremarkable plant – produces pollen that can trigger strong allergic reactions such as asthma even in very small quantities. Scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München have now published a joint study showing that the substance previously identified as the major allergen only induces such a vigorous allergic response in combination with the adenosine also present in the pollen.
Two scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) have been awarded one of Europe's most significant research grants: Prof. Nikolaus Adams and Prof. Thorsten Bach are among the recipients of Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), each of which is endowed with up to 2.4 million euros. Prof. Adams, an engineer whose research field lies in mechanical engineering, is studying sudden changes in flow state. Prof. Bach, a chemist, is developing new synthetic methods in organic chemicals. Furthermore, Prof. Eckehard Steinbach, an electrical engineer, is the recipient of a Proof of Concept Grant to determine the marketability of a new robotic sensor system. Six ERC Consolidator Grants and two ERC Starting Grants have already been awarded to next-generation TUM researchers this year.