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  • Highly endowed research prize for Prof. Thomas Misgeld

    New dynamics in Alzheimer's disease research

    Professor Thomas Misgeld (Technische Universität München) and Prof. Boris Schmidt (Technische Universität Darmstadt) have been awarded the Alzheimer's Research Prize of the Frankfurt-based Hans und Ilse Breuer Stiftung. Each receives one-half of the 100,000-euro endowment. The award honors Misgeld for his research on the development and degeneration of neuronal connections in the brain. His discoveries could be of great importance for therapeutic approaches in the battle against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

  • Nanotech structures mimic nature's way of tunneling through cell walls

    Researchers build synthetic membrane channels out of DNA

    As reported in the journal Science, physicists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Michigan have shown that synthetic membrane channels can be constructed through "DNA nanotechnology." This technique employs DNA molecules as programmable building materials for custom-designed, self-assembling, nanometer-scale structures. The researchers present evidence that their nature-inspired nanostructures may also behave like biological ion channels. Their results could mark a step toward applications of synthetic membrane channels as molecular sensors, antimicrobial agents, and drivers of novel nanodevices.

  • TUM Asia celebrates 10 years of education and research in Singapore

    A German success story in Asia

    A bright career future with a Master’s from TUM Asia. (Photo: TUM Asia)

    Technische Universität München (TUM) is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its Singapore campus. In 2002 TUM became the first German university to set up an offshore campus. Since then, over 300 students from across the globe have graduated from TUM Asia. Over the last two years, scientists from Munich have also been involved in a high-profile research project – TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities. The Singapore affiliate was TUM’s first step on the road to globalization. The university is currently establishing additional offices on other continents.

  • Turbo-charged Gut Hormones

    Doubling down against Diabetes

    A collaboration between scientists in Munich, Germany and Bloomington, USA may have overcome one of the major challenges drug makers have struggled with for years: Delivering powerful nuclear hormones to specific tissues, while keeping them away from others.

  • Networking hub for TUM partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa

    Technische Universität München opens new office in Cairo

    Cairo skyline

    With the opening of its "TUM.Cairo" office, the Technische Universität München (TUM) expands its worldwide network to the Middle East and North Africa. The TUM.Cairo office is a hub for networking and mutual knowledge transfer between one of Europe's top universities and its partners in the region. It is collocated with other leading institutions at the German Science Centre (DWZ) in Cairo, Egypt.

  • New diagnostic method improves treatment options for breast cancer

    Protein test finds hidden molecule

    Clinical tissue samples - image: S. Willax/TU München

    Immunotherapy can be a successful treatment option for breast cancer patients. The method uses antibodies, which bind to the surface molecules of the tumor, hindering its growth. One of these antibodies targets the HER2 protein, which is not actually present in all variants of the tumor. Now researchers have developed a sensitive new diagnostic method that could allow more patients to benefit from the treatment. This new test also detects cancer cells that appear to be free of HER2 – but which do actually carry the molecule.

  • Sustainable land-use concept for South America

    Intensive farming with a climate-friendly touch: Farming/woodland mix increases yields

    Diagram showing monoculture and diversified land-use concepts

    In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. At Technische Universität München (TUM), however, scientists have come up with a new land development concept that could change this view. The new model is tailored to medium-sized farms in South America and sees farmers transitioning from large-scale monoculture to more diverse crop mixtures spread over smaller plots interspersed with wooded areas – a switch that can bring significant financial benefits.

  • Alliance of leading technical universities

    The EuroTech Universities join forces in Brussels

    European flag (Photo: European Commission)

    Sharing the excellence of the main technical universities in Europe and beyond, working together to find solutions to the challenges of our society, providing cross-border study programs – these are the goals of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, which brings together four elite technical universities in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. Today, they are opening their joint office in Brussels.

  • Iron-sulfur enzymes as candidates for antibiotic development

    IspH – a protein free to choose its partners

    The iron-sulfur protein IspH plays a central role in the terpene metabolism of several pathogens. The mechanism of the reaction provides an approach for developing new antibiotics, particularly against malaria and tuberculosis. While researching this enzyme, biochemists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) discovered a previously unknown reaction: IspH accepts two completely different classes of molecules as partners. This surprising insight, published in Nature Communications, opens up new perspectives in combating infectious diseases.

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