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  • Prof. Marco Caccamo strengthens digital expertise and strategy at TUM

    TUM receives its sixth Humboldt Professorship

    Prof. Marco Caccamo has been awarded a Humboldt Professorship at TUM.

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is again celebrating its success as a recipient of Germany’s best-endowed international research award: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) has awarded a Humboldt Professorship to computer engineer, Prof. Marco Caccamo, to conduct research at TUM. The real-time computing expert is currently based at the renowned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Caccamo will use his expertise to develop a new interdisciplinary institute for cyber-physical systems at TUM. The Humboldt Professorship is valued at up to EUR 5 million over a period of five years. With its sixth Humboldt Professorship TUM moves into top place as the German university with the most Humboldt Professorships.

  • Women have higher mortality rates than men with similar risk factors

    Heart attacks: The dangerous first year

    Computer rendering of a human heart.

    Heart attacks pose a greater threat to women than to men. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has determined that in the first year after a heart attack women are subject to a significantly higher mortality risk than men with similar case histories. The scientists are urging doctors to provide intensive support to female heart attack patients, above all in the first 365 days after the event.

  • Cornerstone laying for “TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies”

    New protein research center on the Garching campus

    Cornerstone laying for the TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA) at the Garching Campus – TUM President Prof. W. A. Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Ludwig Spaenle and Prof. Andreas Bausch (Director CPA). (Photo: Uli Benz / TUM)

    With the “TUM Center for Functional Protein Assemblies” (CPA), protein research at the Technical University of Munich now has its own address. It will bundle research into the interactions of proteins interdepartmentally. On this basis, the interdisciplinary center will develop biomedical applications, especially against diseases resulting from dysfunctions in complex biomolecular protein systems. The construction costs of around 40 million euro will be funded on federal and state levels. The laboratory building will be built at Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Str. 8.

  • New mechanism for the formation of metastases revealed

    How obesity promotes breast cancer

    3D spheroid of cultivated breast cancer cells. Invasive cells show a light blue co-staining for the leptin receptor and a marker of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (i.e. the ability of cells to metastasize). Cell nuclei are stained in red. (Image: Helmholtz Zentrum München)

    Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream which impact the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM), Helmholtz Zentrum München, and Heidelberg University Hospital report on this in Cell Metabolism. The team has already been able to halt this mechanism with an antibody treatment.

  • Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

    Electrode materials from the microwave oven

    Pink, microcrystalline lithium cobalt phosphate powder. (Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM)

    Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work.

  • Ten years Bionics Center at TUM

    Technical Innovations Based on Nature

    The first prototype of a shading element for buildings based on the tulip blossom, which was developed at the Professorship for Architectural Design and Building Envelope. (© Carla Baumann)

    The Leonardo da Vinci Center for Bionics” was established over a decade ago at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Since then, the cross-faculty research platform has been promoting the technical development and design of operating principles that nature itself concocted in the evolutionary process: The creative potential in the Test Laboratory of Nature” is translated into technical solutions. For example, the Multi-Arm Snake-Like Manipulator-System was developed at the Department of Microtechnology, an intelligent building shell arose in the architectural department, and concrete segment shells shaped like turtle shells were designed by structural engineers at the TUM. After a decade of breakthroughs under the leadership of engineer Friedrich Pfeiffer, biologist Harald Luksch is now leading the Bionics Center.

  • Neutron star collision: physicists observe counterparts of the gravitational wave signal

    Breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy

    Artistic rendering of the collision of the two neutron stars .

    For the first time ever, scientists have measured electromagnetic and gravitational signals generated by the collision of neutron stars. In a special research project led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), physicists with the Collaborative Research Center 1258 “Neutrinos and Dark Matter” team recorded the aftermath of the powerful event. Their findings will facilitate verification of theories on the exact progression of the merger – as well as the theoretical models on sizes, masses and matter properties of neutron stars.

  • New student registration records

    One third of all new students are international

    Students at the main entrance of TUM

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is becoming increasingly international. Of the 13,000-plus new students who have registered for the winter semester, one third come from countries other than Germany – with international students accounting for almost a half of the Master’s programs. The total number of students registered in Munich, Garching, Freising, and Straubing stands at 41,000.

  • World’s largest study gives hints about causes of restless legs syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome: New genetic risk variants found

    Patients with restless legs syndrome experience a strong urge to move at night and suffer from unpleasant sensations such as pain or tingling in the legs. (Image: burakkarademir / iStock)

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is characterized by restless, painful legs that do not settle down at night. The causes are largely unknown. An international team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Center has now carried out the world’s largest genome-wide association study on the genetic causes of the disorder. They discovered 13 new genetic risk variants and identified underlying candidate biological processes.


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