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  • New approach to prevention and therapy

    Multiple action intestinal hormone corrects diabetes

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp with members of his research group

    Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM), together with scientists in the USA, have developed a new therapeutic approach for treatment of type 2 diabetes. A novel single molecule hormone, which acts equally on the receptors of the insulin-stimulating hormones GLP-1 and GIP, was observed to reduce weight and improve blood sugar. The results have now been published in the medical journal 'Science Translational Medicine', and include data from successful clinical studies in partnership with the pharmaceutical company Roche.

  • Climate change alters timing of spring growth in forests

    Warm winters let trees sleep longer

    In a climate chamber scientists studied twigs at different temperature and light conditions.

    In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring. Research has now brought a new correlation to light: The colder the winter, the earlier native plants begin to grow again. Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees that don't depend on the cold.

  • Activation mechanism of a protective protein in the ocular lens resolved

    A protein safeguards against cataracts

    Storage form (24-mer) and active forms of αB-crystallin which protect against cataract

    The refractive power of the human eye lens relies on a densely packed mixture of proteins. Special protective proteins ensure that these proteins do not clump together as time passes. When this protective mechanism fails, the ocular lens becomes clouded – the patient develops a cataract. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now resolved the activation mechanism of one of these protective proteins, laying the foundation for the development of new therapeutic alternatives.

  • Further boost to TUM’s international profile

    TUM receives Humboldt Professorship for top MIT researcher

    Prof Andreas S. Schulz

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to mathematician Prof. Andreas S. Schulz to carry out research at Technische Universität München (TUM). Schulz, who is based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is one of the world’s leading experts in operations research. His appointment provides a spring-board for the establishment of an interdisciplinary research center uniting mathematics and business management at TUM. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is Germany’s best endowed international research award.

  • Unconscious motivation plays a substantial role in how we respond to challenges

    Willpower alone is not enough

    No laughing! An experiment to test willpower.

    How do we motivate ourselves when studying for an exam or working to a tight deadline? The more unpleasant the task, the more willpower we need to rise to the challenge. Unfortunately, our reserves of willpower are quickly depleted. Which means that other mechanisms are required to motivate people to continually perform at a high level. And now scientists have shown that internal, unconscious motivation can significantly improve performance capabilities.

  • TU München welcomes more than 10,000 new students

    TUM continues to attract ever-growing stream of new talent

    Packed lecture hall at TUM.

    The 2013/14 winter semester at Technische Universität München (TUM) is starting with overcrowded lecture theaters. In all, more than 10,000 students will register for courses – a new record (with the exception of 2011, when two secondary school classes did the Abitur exam in Bavaria). There is a 10 percent increase in the total number of first semester students. Around 35,000 talented young people are now studying at TUM. On Monday, TUM will welcome its new students at an enrolment party.

  • Researchers create professional development program to promote open dialog in the classroom

    A sudden interest in math – how teachers can motivate their pupils

    Teacher with two pupils

    In the eighth or ninth grade, many pupils lose interest in natural sciences and math. But education researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM) have shown that this does not have to be the case. They devised a professional development program where teachers spent a year learning to change the communication in class rooms. Breaking the mould for these subjects, these teachers encouraged open discussion among their pupils and gave individual feedback. And – again breaking the mould – the youngsters showed rising levels of motivation. In addition to evolving these professional development programs, the researchers are now also focusing on basic teacher training courses.

  • Times Higher Education-Ranking

    TU München in the top 100 worldwide

    TUM's Mechanical Engineering Faculty at the Garching Campus.

    In the just-published Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14 ("THE Rankings"), the Technische Universität München (TUM) stands at 87th place. The university has improved its standing by 18 places in a single year. The nearest competitors among the German technical universities are Aachen (129) and Karlsruhe (154). German universities that placed higher than TUM in this ranking are LMU Munich (55), Göttingen (63), Heidelberg (68), and the FU Berlin in (86). TUM has been ranked the top German university overall three times in a row in the Shanghai Ranking. In the new THE Rankings, TUM has reached 26th place worldwide in the subject area "Engineering and Technology."

  • TUM gains momentum on the reform path

    Wolfgang A. Herrmann starts fifth term as president

    Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch (l.) congratulates Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann.

    Wolfgang A. Herrmann is today starting a new term as president of Technische Universität München (TUM). He was unanimously elected by the university’s Board of Supervisors in February after being nominated by the TUM’s thirteen deans. Herrmann was officially sworn in to the office on October 1 by Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch. Herrmann has been at the helm of TUM for 18 years, implementing numerous reforms that have seen the university evolve into an international university with a reputation for entrepreneurial excellence. Numerous other universities have modeled their development paths on TUM’s successful reforms.

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