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  • Interview with Stefanie Klug, Chair of Epidemiology

    "The beauty is that everyone can be active in prevention"

    Prophylaxis plays a key role in the control of cancer, including regular examinations by the doctor. (Photo: iStock/psphotograph)

    According to studies, up to 50 percent of cancer cases would be easily preventable. Yet the number of new cancer cases worldwide has increased by over 30 percent in a 10-year time frame up to 2015. The key factor in cancer control is screening, according to Professor Stefanie Klug, Chair of Epidemiology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Klug's specialty is the early detection of cancer, among other subjects. During an interview the professor discusses early detection of cancer, the reluctance to seek preventive measures and what every individual can do to combat cancer.

  • TUM team publishes new facts on extreme value theoretician Emil J. Gumbel

    Mathematician and chronicler of political murders

    Emil J. Gumbel (Photo: private)

    Emil J. Gumbel’s formulas are fundamental for extreme value theory. This statistical discipline describes extreme incidents, such as floods or storms. Little is known, however, that he was also a pioneer of modern data journalism, unveiling the patterns of political murder in the Weimar Republic. Professor Matthias Scherer and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) now intend to fill in the gaps in what the world knows about Gumbel.

  • Akaflieg Munich builds a sailplane with innovative wing-fuselage geometry

    The Mü 31 is off the ground

    The Mü 31 is off the ground. (Photo: Akaflieg)

    After nine years under construction the new prototype from the academic fliers' club Akaflieg Munich ("Akademischen Fliegergruppe München") took to the air for the first time at the Königsdorf airfield. The prototype was developed and constructed at the Garching research campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The special thing about the Mü 31: An innovative wing-fuselage transition will reduce aerodynamic drag while flying.

  • Opening of the interdisciplinary cancer research center TranslaTUM

    Technology meets medicine: New perspectives on cancer research

    Exterior view on the Central Institute for Translational Cancer Research of the Technical University of Munich (TranslaTUM), photograph is taken at the street corner Trogerstraße/Einsteinstraße. (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    They have different scientific backgrounds and specialist research fields but are pursuing a common goal: Leading researchers from the worlds of medicine, engineering and the natural sciences will be working under the umbrella of the new Central Institute for Translational Cancer Research (TranslaTUM) of the Technical University of Munich on cutting-edge methods in diagnostics and treatment for cancer patients. The new interdisciplinary research building was opened on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

  • New prototype of the aCar at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt

    aCar – The electric “all-rounder”

    The new aCar prototype. (Photo: Florian Lehmann / TUM)

    An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. They present their new prototype to the public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 to 15, 2017. The aCar is designed for passenger and cargo transportation and is also interesting for the European automotive market.

  • Computer tomography reveals the inner workings of Otto Lilienthal’s gliding apparatus

    A glimpse into a “masterpiece of engineering”

    The “Normal Segelapparat” comprises a fabric-covered, wooden skeleton. The video shows the fabric and  rope. Later, the willow-wood sticks with the insect holes are shown. They are displayed in blue because of the low material density.

    More than 125 years ago, Otto Lilienthal laid the foundation for modern aviation with his innovative gliding apparatus, the “Normal Segelapparat”. Only four specimens of the gliding apparatus have survived to this day, one of them at home in Deutsches Museum in Munich. Computer tomography investigations carried out by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in collaboration with Airbus have for the first time provided a glimpse into the inner workings of the construction design. The images will help researchers and conservators at Deutsches Museum during restoration.

  • Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements identify active sites on catalysts

    Chemical hotspots

    Jonas Pfisterer and Yunchang Liang at the scanning tunneling microscope in the laboratory of Prof. Bandarenka, Physics of Energy Conversion and Storage at the Technical University of Munich. (Photo: Wenzel Schürmann / TUM)

    Chemistry live: Using a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able for the very first time to witness in detail the activity of catalysts during an electro-chemical reaction. The measurements show how the surface structure of the catalysts influences their activity. The new analysis method can now be used to improve catalysts for the electrochemical industry.

  • Better diagnosis and treatment after a stroke with modified test method (Video)

    Determining motor deficits more precisely following a stroke

    The fact that patients can limit simple everyday objects after a stroke can be covered by classical tests. Very often the Jebsen test is carried out, where about one sentence has to be written on a piece of paper. (Photo: iStock/ Iljubaphoto)

    After a stroke, many people are unable to successfully perform basic hand movements in everyday life. The reason are symptoms of hemiparesis resulting from damage to the brain. These very frequently affect fine motor skills. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now paving the way to better diagnosis and more targeted therapy.

  • “Times Higher Education” Ranking: TUM moves up five places

    TUM part of top German trio

    Researcher Lara Kuntz using a fluorescence microscope.

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) improved by five places in the “THE World University Ranking” as compared to the previous year. According to the ranking of the British magazine "Times Higher Education",  TUM remains the best technical university in Germany by far. It is now ranked 41st worldwide. This makes TUM one of just three German universities in the top 50.

  • TUM and University of Queensland intensify collaboration

    Biotech in Brisbane and Bavaria

    Prof. Peter Høj, president of the University of Queensland (left), and Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of TUM, signing the agreement.

    Biotechnology is one of the most important disciplines at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). With the TUM the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability, this discipline has been given a massive boost. With a new agreement, TUM is now also expanding its international student exchange activities. A collaboration agreement to this effect was signed by TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann and Prof. Peter Høj, President of the University of Queensland (UQ, Brisbane) in Sydney, Australia.

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