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  • Tracking live brain activity with the new NeuBtracker open-source microscope

    Zebrafish live and in colour

    The new open-source microscope NeuBtracker makes it possible to observe neuronal activity during unrestrained behavior of zebrafish. (Image: A. Lauri / TUM)

    A team of scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has successfully developed a new type of microscope. The so-called NeuBtracker is an open source microscope that allows to observe neuronal activities of zebrafish without perturbing their behavior. This is opening up completely new perspectives for science, because now it will be possible to track natural behavior while simultaneously imaging neuronal activity in the brain.

  • Successful start in the third round of the German Excellence Initiative

    TUM well on board with five Excellence Clusters

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    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) was successful in all subsidy lines in the first two rounds of the German Excellence Initiative, held in 2006 and 2012. Now TUM has set its sights for the third time on the highly endowed support program for leading German universities: TUM is participating in five initiatives for research clusters which were judged successful by an international expert panel in the pre-selection round and which are now being called on to submit complete applications. The draft versions of research collaboration with highly distinguished partners come from the fields neurology, imaging, energy conversion, quantum technologies and the investigation of the universe.

  • New surgical method: Heart valves formed from patient’s own tissue

    A template for a new heart valve

    At German Heart Center Munich, Dr. Markus Krane is using the Ozaki-methode to operate heart valves. (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    A new method allows surgeons to reconstruct entire heart valves from the patient’s own tissue. This surgical procedure is currently only used at a handful of centres in the world. Recently, PD Dr. Markus Krane, Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department of the German Heart Centre Munich, has also used the new method on patients in Munich. The method is particularly advantageous for children and young patients.

  • TUM study gets to the bottom of rivers

    Preservation of floodplains is flood protection

    The throughflow is decisive for the bottom of a body of water and the chance to change the course of the river creates habitat. (Photo: TUM/J. Geist)

    The silting of rivers and streams leads to problems for fish, mussels, and other aquatic organisms because their habitats disappear. However, not only intensive agriculture and erosion are destroying these habitats. Now a study conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) refutes this wide-spread view. In order to save the species living in the river basin – and protect people from the threat of devastating floods – rivers need more space, diversity, and freedom.

  • Formation of unwanted aromas in wine explained3

    How forest fires spoil wine

    The drier the summer, the more often there are forest fires as seen in the photo of summer 2017 in Southern Italy in the region Basilicata. When vineyards are nearby, the vine takes up the smoky aromas, which can only be ascertained in the finished product. (Photo: iStock / Angelafoto)

    If wine is cultivated in an area where forest fires occur more often, such as in Australia or Southern Italy, aromas that make the alcoholic drink unpalatable can develop in the finished product. Until now, it wasn’t known why this is so and what happens at the molecular level. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now describing the reason why the smoke aromas are stored in the grapes and is thus showing the way for growers to eliminate this degradation in quality.

  • TUM appointment and career system sets the new national standard

    40 new professorships for TUM

    TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann wants to strengthen the German science system. (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    As a vanguard university in the "real" tenure track system, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has achieved outstanding success in the new German federal program: Today Minister of Education and Research Wanka announced that the selection committee had approved all 40 requested tenure track professorships. This means TUM will expand by the order of magnitude of an entire department. "It is only the rigorous variant of the internationally established tenure track model, and not the locally practiced imitation, that makes Germany attractive to the leading young talents of the world," says TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann in praise of the recent success.

  • 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.


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