Our immune system protects us against pathogens. However, an excessive immune reaction can trigger allergies or chronic asthma. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered an active ingredient taken from the larvae of a worm parasite that could help diminish immune reactions.
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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has started its summer semester, which will take place primarily online due to the coronavirus pandemic. At very short notice, TUM has drastically expanded its digital curriculum so that all students can continue their learning activities without interruption. TUM Partners of Excellence and private individuals are supporting TUM in the ongoing development of digital teaching and testing formats as well as in speeding the creation of virtual laboratories.
The use of mechanical ventilation can save lives – and not just for COVID-19 patients who develop severe respiratory problems. But at the same time, the ventilation pressure puts immense stress on delicate lung tissue. Especially for patients with preexisting lung damage, the use of ventilators can prove deadly. A computational lung model that’s been developed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) can be used to reduce damage caused by mechanical ventilation – and could increase survival rates for patients significantly.
A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) plans to use high-tech biometric sensors for 24-hour monitoring of COVID-19 patients in home isolation. The goal of the study is to find out whether rapid treatment in response to deteriorating vital signs can improve the chance of survival and ease the workload of intensive care units. The study got off to a quick start thanks to donations.
One of the largest antibody studies against SARS-CoV-2 in Germany has begun at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar at Technical University of Munich (TUM). The employee study is intended to provide data on the stability of antibodies over two years and thereby help in identifying starting points for the further improvement of protective measures for both employees and patients.
In the world of allergy diagnostics, the familiar blood samples and unpleasant skin prick procedures for testing allergen tolerance may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München has demonstrated that sufficient quantities of allergy antibodies for a diagnosis can be effectively measured in nasal secretions.
The TUM Board of Management has decided, until further notice and in accordance with the most recent directives of the Bavarian state government, to largely maintain the existing restrictions regarding physical contact and to gradually resume on-site operations under observance of essential preventive measures. This means that the severely restricted operations currently in place will end on 20 April 2020.
The weapons deployed in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic also include artificial intelligence. AI might be able to recognize patterns in the spread of the disease, for example. These new possibilities raise ethical issues, however. Christoph Lütge holds the Chair of Business Ethics and is the director of the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has joined colleagues from other respected universities and research institutions to establish the Global AI Ethics Consortium.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the intestine that, in most cases, relapses episodically. As of now, there is no cure for this disease. A research group led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a marker at a microscopic level, which can be used to identify patients that show a high probability of suffering from an inflammation recurrence in the immediate future. With this insight, therapeutic counter-measures may be employed at an earlier stage.
With an old Scottish folk song in an arrangement by Ludwig van Beethoven, the TUM choir sends a signal of solidarity in a time when when we all are alone together. "In this way we want to give all friends of the Technical University of Munich, wherever they may be, a feeling of closeness and togetherness,” says Thomas F. Hofmann, President of TUM. “The boundless commitment of the many people who make our university a family fills me with pride.”