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  • Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome: New findings from human cell cultures

    Progeria research: Substance from broccoli can moderate defects

    The image shows two cell nuclei containing human DNA (blue). Because of the large quantity of progerin (red), the nuclei in the cells of HGPS patients (left) are deformed in comparison to nuclei with very low levels of progerin (right). (Photo: K. Djabali / TUM)

    Children who suffer from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) age prematurely due to a defective protein in their cells. Scientists at Technische Universität München (TUM) have now identified another important pathological factor: the system responsible for removing cellular debris and for breaking down defective proteins operates at lower levels in HGPS cells than in normal cells. The researchers have now succeeded in reactivating protein breakdown in HGPS cells and thus reducing disease-related defects with the help of a substance found in broccoli.

  • Global Employability University Ranking 2014

    TUM at the top of the table

    Fit for working life: TUM Students - like here in the Institute of Medical and Polymer Engineering - are much sought after in international job markets. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    Technische Universität München (TUM) achieved eighth place in the ranking table, cementing its excellent reputation as an educational institute for young academics who are much sought after in international job markets. The ranking is based on a survey of almost 5,000 HR managers and employers from industry and commerce in 20 different countries. The most recent results have been published in The New York Times and The Telegraph.

  • TUM campus in Garching to become international project headquarters

    EIT Health launched as a European flagship project

    The international headquarters of EIT Health will be on the Garching campus of TU München. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced a new future-oriented project that has emerged the winner of a pan-European competition: EIT Health, with international headquarters on the Garching campus of TU München. A total of 144 industrial and scientific partners from a number of EU countries will join forces to investigate key health issues. TUM is one of the core German partners. The EU is sponsoring the project as a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for seven years to the tune of around 80 million euros per year. One of the Co-Location Centers distributed across Europe is in Heidelberg. The proposal was prepared by a consortium under the leadership of Roche Diagnostics GmbH.

  • Scientists discover how birds localize sound sources

    How birds get by without external ears

    Birds can hear without the need for external ears – and now a TUM research team has found out how.

    Unlike mammals, birds have no external ears. The outer ears of mammals play an important function in that they help the animal identify sounds coming from different elevations. But birds are also able to perceive whether the source of a sound is above them, below them, or at the same level. Now a research team from Technische Universität München (TUM) has discovered how birds are able to localize these sounds, namely by utilizing their entire head. Their findings were published recently in the PLOS ONE journal.

  • Biophysicist Hendrik Dietz (36) awarded top German research award

    Fourth Leibniz prizewinner in the TUM Physics Department

    Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. (Photo: A. Eckert and A. Heddergott / TUM)

    Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz from the Technische Universität München (TUM) has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The 36-year-old biophysicist is thus the recipient of Germany’s most prestigious research award, which is endowed with 2.5 million euros. Hendrik Dietz is being honored for his internationally-renowned work in the field of bionanotechnology. His research into the mechanical and structural properties of proteins has opened up completely new horizons for the development of DNA-based “nanomachines”.

  • Novel LED technology enables detailed investigation of algae productivity

    Put algae in your tank

    Student Olga Shostak at the LED-bioreactor - Photo: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

    Because food crops are also used for energy production, millions of people are threatened by starvation. Algae could provide an alternative: They only need sunlight to grow, thrive in salty water on barren fields. But it is a major challenge to exactly reproduce sunlight in the laboratory. In collaboration with the Berlin LED manufacturer FUTURELED scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed a methodology for simulating all kinds of light situations.

  • Scientists design combination of three metabolically active substance

    Hormone Triplet offers Hope for Obesity and Diabetes

    Prof. Matthias Tschöp and his team invent improved therapeutics for type 2 diabetes and obesity. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    A new substance that unifies the action profiles of three gastrointestinal hormones lowers the blood sugar level and reduces body fat considerably beyond existing drugs. With the discovery and validation of such novel molecules, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and Technische Universität München (TUM), in collaboration with Indiana University have again added a new dimension to innovating treatment approaches for type 2 diabetes and obesity. Recently, the researchers had constructed several single molecules with dual hormone action.

  • Graphene layer reads optical information from nanodiamonds electronically

    Possible read head for quantum computers

    Vision of a future quantum computer with chips made of diamond and graphene - Image: Christoph Hohmann / NIM

    Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems electronically. Using a graphene layer, a team of scientists headed by Professor Alexander Holleitner of the Technische Universität München (TUM) has now implemented just such a read unit.

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