TUM – Latest news https://www.tum.de Latest news of TUM en TUM Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:28:23 +0100 Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:28:23 +0100 Pretty with a twist https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35868/ Designing components for molecular self-assembly calls for functionalities that ‘interlock’. For example, our genetic information is encoded in two DNA strands, zipped together in a ‘spiral staircase’ double helix structure in a self-assembly process that is stabilized by hydrogen bonding.

Inspired by nature’s ‘zippers’ researchers at the Technical University of Munich aim to construct functional nanostructures to push the boundaries of man-made structures.

Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35868 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:07:46 +0100
A life's work for stem cell research https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35865/ Outstanding personalities are the life's blood of science. What motivates them? What have they experienced? What thoughts and ideas do they want to pass on to others? "Tech-Histories Alive" spotlights the answers to these questions from outstanding retired scientists appointed by TUM as Emeriti of Excellence.

Prof. Christian Peschel held the Chair of Hematology and Internal Oncology and was Director of the III. Medical Clinic of TUM’s Klinikum rechts der Isar from 1997 until his retirement in 2017. Before that he held positions at the university hospitals in Mainz and Innsbruck and conducted research at the Laboratory of Immunology of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. Peschel has been a member of numerous professional societies and advisory bodies, including the Central Commission for Somatic Gene Therapy of the German Medical Association.

TUM's Munich Center for Technology in Society co-organizes "Tech-Histories Alive". The center conducts research, teaches and promotes public dialog on the mutual interactions of science, technology and society.

Event klaus.becker@tum.de news-35865 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:45:31 +0100
Science and society in transition https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35863/ The TUM School of Governance, established in 2017, is dedicated to research and education on the interactions of politics and technology, which play a decisive role in almost all political spheres today. With this special focus of its research and teaching activities, the school makes a vital contribution to the ability to understand and shape societal change resulting from rapid technological developments. The school works in conjunction with the Bavarian School of Public Policy, which is hosted by TUM.

Event klaus.becker@tum.de news-35863 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:22:00 +0100
Emergence of calorie burning fat cells https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35860/ Our fat cells, technically referred to as adipocytes, play an essential role in regulating energy balance in our body. “Adipocytes are not merely an energy storage for times of deprivation, but they also release hormones into the blood, regulating our metabolism as well as feelings of hunger and satiety through the brain and other organs. Nevertheless, too much of a good thing causes harm.” explained Professor Klingenspor, Chair of Molecular Nutritional Science at the TUM Else Kröner-Fresenius Center.

White, beige or brown – the color of fat cells affects our health

There are different types of fat tissue in our body, which can be categorized according to color. White fat cells are primarily responsible for energy storage. Brown and beige fat cells can convert nutritional energy into heat. This process is referred to as non-shivering thermogenesis – a principle that small mammals and human newborns use to maintain a stable body temperature.

The occurrence and activity of brown and beige fat cells vary among individuals. There is some evidence suggesting that people with a high number of thermogenic fat cells possess a lower risk to develop obesity and associated metabolic disorders. Especially the growth of beige fat cells within white fat tissue may have particular health benefits.

Browning ability of white fat is genetically determined

“We want to understand how thermogenic fat cells develop; so how beige fat cells grow inside white fat tissue,” stated Klingenspor. By “browning” the white fat tissue, an energy-storing organ could be partially transformed into an energy-dissipating organ, thereby improving metabolic health.

The development of beige fat cells is controlled by a still largely unknown genetic program. Mouse strains with divergent genetic backgrounds largely differ in their ability to brown the white fat tissue. “By systematically comparing fat cells among these different strains of mice, we were able to discover which genes or regulators might explain the variation in beige cell differentiation – in other words, the growth of beige fat cells”, indicated Klingenspor.

New possibilities due to transcriptomics and network analyses

By sequencing all transcripts of a cell using Next Generation Sequencing technology, all gene activities across the entire genome can be registered in a snap-shot.

For the current study, the joint TUM/EPFL team performed a comparative analysis of the transcriptomics of fat cells from genetically divergent mouse strains. The study goes beyond other work in this field in that it not only identifies important individual factors but also relates them to each other in a molecular network.

With this approach, the team could provide a systematic overview over the network of cell-intrinsic regulatory mechanisms that represent the underlying principle for the development of beige fat cells, making them the first team of scientists to achieve this.

“Now we have gathered a unique insight into the genetic architecture driving the molecular mechanisms of beige fat cell development. What we managed to confirm in a cell culture is now to be examined ‘in vivo’ – so inside a living organism – as our next step,” said Klingenspor with respect to avenues for future research.


Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-35859 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0100
New Hubble constant measurement using cosmic lenses https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35862/ Knowing the precise value for the Hubble constant, a measure for how fast the universe expands, is important for determining the age, size, and fate of our cosmos. Unraveling this mystery is one of the greatest challenges in astrophysics.

An international team, led by Sherry Suyu, professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) and visiting scholar of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan, has now measured the universe's expansion rate completely independent of previous methods.

This latest value for the Hubble constant represents the most precise measurement yet using gravitational lensing, where the gravity of a foreground galaxy acts like a giant magnifying lens, amplifying and distorting light from background objects. Through the lensing effect, multiple images of the same background object appear around the foreground galaxy.

Depending on the position of the object behind the foreground galaxy, the light of the different images has to travel over unlike distances to reach the observer. Brightness fluctuations of the background object therefore arrive at different times for each of the multiple images. The time delay can be measured in lensed quasar systems, where quasars are extremely distant cosmic streetlights produced by active black holes.

Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35861 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:22:40 +0100
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Campus news news-35855 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
Climate-friendly energy from waste heat https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35853/ Every day enormous quantities of energy go to waste in industry and the transportation sector. Waste heat is generated in production processes and by motors. To utilize this heat, a team at the TUM Chair of Energy Systems has developed a new technology that can be used to generate power in factories, combined heat and power (CHP) stations, on ships and in many other industrial processes.

The easy-to-install module uses a technology similar to that of traditional steam-driven turbines. Instead of water, however, it uses an organic fluid with a lower boiling point. This principle, referred to as the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), was used by the team to develop a technology that makes efficient use of small quantities of waste heat with relatively uncomplicated equipment.

Entrepreneurship news-35853 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 10:19:40 +0100
Using AI to understand the spread of cancer https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35844/ More than 90 percent of cancer patients die of distal metastases rather than as a direct result of the primary tumor. Cancer metastases usually develop from single disseminated cancer cells, which evade the body’s immune surveillance system. Up to now, comprehensive detection of these cells within the entire body has not been possible, owing to the limited resolution of imaging techniques such as bioluminescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This has resulted in a relative lack of knowledge of the specific dissemination mechanisms of diverse cancer types, which is a prerequisite for effective therapy.

Research news news-35844 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:58:00 +0100
How stable are ancient structures? https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35846/ In the 1960s a column of the Hagia Tekla Basilica cistern in Turkey collapsed and had to be replaced with a concrete pillar. Other columns of the ancient structure have suffered over time as well. In order to assess the danger of their collapsing experts have to know which forces are acting within the structure. But how can this be done in a non-intrusive manner?

"Engineering practice very often employs the Finite Element method for calculating a structure's stress state," explains Dr. Stefan Kollmannsberger of the TUM Chair for Computation in Engineering. "For example, before a bridge is built, engineers have to know whether or not the planned structure will be able to withstand the load resulting from road traffic. Engineers need proof that both the expected deformations and the stress placed on the material are within defined threshold values."

Research news stefanie.reiffert@tum.de news-35843 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 12:26:00 +0100
Social status beats money https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35845/ Trust is essential to every business relationship. Customers want honest information from the the vendor of a complex high-tech product. But can they rely on what they are told? After all, the salesperson looking to earn a commission could be downplaying the disadvantages of the product.

In which situations can we trust other people even though they might have financial incentives to lie? To answer this question, Prof. Michael Kurschilgen (Technical University of Munich and Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods) and Dr. Isabel Marcin (University of Heidelberg) put approximately 190 experimental participants to the test.

Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35845 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:30:30 +0100
European hub for data and information technologies https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35842/ Campus news news-35842 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:15:00 +0100 From cancer medication to antibiotic https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35823/ The methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the source of severe and persistent infections. Some strains are even resistant to multiple antibiotics. There is consequently an urgent need for new drugs effective against MRSA infections.

"The industrial development of new antibiotics is stalling and not keeping pace with the spread of antibiotic resistance. We urgently need innovative approaches to meet the need for new infection therapies that do not lead directly to renewed resistance," says Prof. Eva Medina, director of the HZI Infection Immunology Research Group.

Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35822 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:22:00 +0100
EuroTech Universities cooperating in new focus areas https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35824/ To increase their impact, the Presidents of the six EuroTech Universities jointly defined new Focus Areas for their collaboration: ‘Sustainable Society’, ‘AI for Engineering Systems’ and ‘Additive Manufacturing’. These new fields with a strong sustainability focus will complement the successful existing Focus Areas ‘Health and Bio Engineering’ and ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’.

During a dialogue with the Vice President of DTU’s Student Union on the occasion of the Alliance’s Annual High Level Event held in Brussels on 12 December, the EuroTech Universities Alliance President Thomas F. Hofmann (Technical University of Munich) underlined the important societal value of the Alliance’s ambitions.

„Technology is not a means to its own ends but needs to embody our values and principles.”— Thomas F. Hofmann, President of TUM

“Uniting leading technical universities in Europe, the EuroTech Universities Alliance is in a unique position to support the new Commission’s goals towards a climate-neutral future. Technology is not a means to its own ends but needs to embody our European values and ethical principles. Human-centred engineering for responsible and trustful innovation aimed at protecting our mother nature lies at the bottom of our search for novelty. Our new Focus Areas demonstrate this joint commitment for research, education and innovation across the alliance partner institutions”, Prof. Hofmann said.

Since 2015, the EuroTech Universities Alliance has anchored its activities in fast developing research and innovation areas, where the partner universities offer complementary strengths in education and research and which are of high relevance to Europe’s industrial leadership and address the grand societal challenges. Each of the six member universities have established internationally renowned educational programmes, research centres and infrastructures in these areas, involving key industrial players and creating a significant number of high-tech start-ups. Combining excellent talent and unique learning and research environments, the EuroTech Universities engage in establishing dynamic, interdisciplinary networks with active participation of faculty, students and industrial partners.

Campus news news-35824 Fri, 13 Dec 2019 08:59:26 +0100
ERC Consolidator Grants awarded https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35820/ The prestigious ERC Grants are awarded in various categories. ERC Consolidator Grants are open to researchers with between seven and 12 years' experience since completion of a doctorate. The projects can receive up to 2 million euros in funding. The four announced awards brings the number of ERC Grants obtained by TUM scientists to a total of 121.

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35820 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:05:00 +0100
TUM Ambassadors 2019 https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35818/ For many decades international guest researchers have been spending shorter or longer periods at TUM. They enrich the institutes and academic life at our university with their scientific expertise, their international experience, and their university political involvement.

Once a year, since 2013, the President of TUM honors a selected group of international top-level scientists with the title TUM Ambassador – acknowledging them as representatives of all TUM Research Alumni around the world.

The following scientists were honored:

  • Prof. Alessandro Reali, Università degli studi di Pavia, Italy
  • Prof. Anca Muscholl, Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India
  • Prof. Clotilde Fermanian Kammerer, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France
  • Prof. Audrey Korsgaard, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Prof. Shengjing Tang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • Prof. Bing Wang, Tsinghua University, China
Campus news news-35816 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:56:40 +0100
Leibniz Prizes for Thorsten Bach and Thomas Neumann https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35812/ Prof. Thorsten Bach specializes in photochemistry. In bestowing the Leibniz Prize, the DFG recognized his pioneering work in this field and in particular his internationally acclaimed breakthroughs in the development of light-induced enantioselective catalysis.

Photochemistry was long considered to be generally unsuitable for the selective production of chiral molecules – i.e. compounds that consist of the same elements and mirror each other like a left and right hand. Through his research, Bach has demonstrated how this is possible, resulting in a new field of research now known around the world as photoredox catalysis.
Thorsten Bach studied chemistry in Heidelberg and Los Angeles. He obtained his doctorate in Marburg in 1991. Following postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he completed his postdoctoral lecturing qualification in Münster in 1996. Shortly after that, he accepted a professorship in Marburg, and he has held his chair at TUM since 2000. He is a member of the Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Research news news-35812 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:25:40 +0100
2019: A turbulent, eventful and highly successful year https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35813/ Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann’s era as President of TUM came to an end in September after 24 years. His successor Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann looked back on the outstanding successes of this year, including the development of a sensitive robot skin, the gain of the seventh Humboldt Professorship – for artificial intelligence in medicine – and the German Future Prize for the spin-off Celonis.

The most significant event will also shape the years to come: TUM has once again been recognized as a University of Excellence for the future concept "TUM Agenda 2030". TUM will reorganize itself into schools in order to better deploy innovative research and teaching with an even more cross-disciplinary form. Together with social sciences, the engineering sciences will be oriented towards human-centered, trustworthy and socially compatible innovations. Unique career opportunities for the mid-level academic sector and attractive offers for lifelong learning for alumni complement the promotion of talent beginning in the first semester and lasting until the professorship.

President Hofmann moderated a discussion in which Prof. Daniel Cremers, Prof. Ruth Müller, student Jonas Papazoglou-Hennig and doctoral candidate Mareike Thiedeitz considered the question "Why does the future need us, TUM?". Together they explored new development potentials on the road to becoming a global university whose actions are guided by a sense of responsibility. Three start-ups illustrated how students can go on to become founding entrepreneurs.

Campus news news-35813 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:24:13 +0100
Expanded artificial intelligence research under TUM leadership https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35810/ The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems is a central element in the Bavarian competency network in artificial machine intelligence. In a government declaration in October, Minister President Dr. Markus Söder announced his priority program to promote AI with total investments of 360 million euros. The initiative, in which TUM will take on a key role, will be centered around the Munich region, with the priority area "intelligent robotics".

 With such institutions as the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) and the Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI), with their research in the fields of machine learning and data science, TUM has a particularly strong presence in the core areas of artificial intelligence. Minister President Söder plans to establish an "AI Mission Institute" that will emerge from the MSRM and combine research and entrepreneurial activities. TUM also has an important role to play in establishing the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems. Four chairs jointly filled by TUM and the Fraunhofer Society will promote fundamental and application-based research. Combined with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC), headed by TUM professors Claudia Eckert and Georg Sigl, this will establish a hotbed for AI research in Bavaria.

Campus news news-35810 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:08:00 +0100
Munich on track for status as European innovation hub https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35809/ The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced its decision on applications for the EXIST Potentials program in Berlin today. Over the next four years, 142 universities will be supported in their efforts to promote start-ups. A new aspect in this iteration of the EXIST program is the goal of positioning Germany as a global player for science-based start-ups.

TUM succeeded in securing funding with its concept TUM Global DeepTech Venture. It will work with UnternehmerTUM to support start-up teams from other countries in setting up locations in Munich to turn transformative technological advances into market-ready products. The focus will be on artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing and sustainable mobility – all of them strong research fields at TUM.

Entrepreneurship news-35809 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:00:00 +0100
PISA Study: Good results in reading https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35806/ In spring 2018, the seventh “Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)” study tested the skills of approximately 5,500 15-year-old secondary school students in Germany at approximately 220 schools covering all educational courses. Teachers and parents were surveyed. Approximately 600,000 15-year-olds participated in 79 countries around the world, including the 37 member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which coordinated the study.

Every three years the representative PISA study assesses the ability to apply basic reading, mathematics and natural science skills in everyday situations among youth close to completing their obligatory school programs. This year's focus was on reading skills, covering the ability to comprehend, use and evaluate texts and to reflect on their meaning. For the first time the study tested the ability to acquire information by navigating through web pages, to assess the credibility of texts and to reconcile contradictory information from multiple text sources.

Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35806 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 +0100
“It's normal to be different” https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35804/ Prof. Wacker, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Do you think an annual day of this kind serves a useful purpose?

This day raises awareness of the fact that it is normal to be different. That is a good thing. But if we do not look beyond our superficial impressions, we may think that we know who “the disabled” are. That is where the danger lies. “Persons with disabilities” are not a homogeneous group.

What do you mean by that?

They are in fact just as diverse as the rest of the population. They are men and women, younger and older people, and individuals with different preferences and habits. While some are born with limitations, others acquire a disability in the course of their lifetime. It is important not to think only of “blindness”, “deafness” and the “different-ness” that comes with these conditions, but rather of people who have these limitations and their circumstances and the opportunities they face in life.

„When Germany signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, people probably thought that everything was quite exemplary in this country.”— Prof. Elisabeth Wacker

You are chairing the Scientific Advisory Board for the Federal Government’s report on the conditions of life of persons with disabilities for the third time. How advanced is Germany with regard to participation?

Protection against disadvantages is already enshrined in the Basic Law. Many benefits are also provided to help with integration. When the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified 10 years ago, Germany was very quick to sign it. People probably thought that everything was quite exemplary in this country. But an assessment of the everyday opportunities for participation in society showed that, despite the laws, there are still plenty of obstacles. In other words, disabilities still result in disadvantages.

For example?

Anyone who looks at the statistics will see that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to the labor market. It's not enough to look at available measures such as hiring quotas. You also have to make sure that they have the desired effects. By the way, in reality far greater numbers of people are affected by this than those covered by the official statistics. Those only count persons with an official disability ID. In our research, we assume a quota of approximately 18%, as opposed to the officially recognized 9% of the population.

„To me, working on these participation reports is more inspiring than frustrating.”— Prof. Elisabeth Wacker

Is it frustrating for you to keep publishing disability reports where many areas show serious shortcomings?

I see it as a scientific task. We provide information needed for the necessary transformations. Through analysis, we can show where the obstacles are, which groups of people are impacted most, which areas present opportunities for development, and where the leverage points are. I find that more inspiring than frustrating.

Are these leverage points something you work on at your research chair at TUM?

Exactly. We mostly work with participatory methods. That means that the people concerned are involved as active partners in the research process. At the moment, for example, we are addressing the task of how to develop better preventive health care in residential facilities for the disabled. Under the Prevention Act, passed in 2016, this care is a requirement, but the public health insurers that provide the funds are often unsure of how to reach this segment of the population.

What have you found out?

Now we know, for example, that people with disabilities are often very interested in their health, too, and would be happy to take part in appropriate activities, preferably in clubs in their community. In another project, we developed and tested movement programs for older people with mental disabilities.

„The search for social inclusion is a responsibility that must also be taken on by the world of science.”— Prof. Elisabeth Wacker

What role do you see for the sociology of diversity at a Technical University?

At TUM we have long been aware of the effects of technologies and society on one another. This also applies to research in the social sciences. Technologies are designed by and for people. This can occur in very different ways and with very different target groups. Consequently, it is very important to pay attention to diversity. The search for social inclusion is a responsibility that must also be taken on by the world of science. That is where the sociology of diversity comes into play.

How do you work together with other scientists?

We have discussions with colleagues from the world of architecture, for example, about how a healthy city should look and how barriers can be avoided. In another project we might work with people from the medical technology field and think about how to produce perfectly fitted and affordable prosthetics with a 3D printer, for example in African countries. With an empowerment concept we can find out how information should be structured or the best way of reaching the persons concerned.

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35804 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 +0100
Economic dependence as a political weapon https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35803/ Henry Farrell is part of a new generation of political scientists whose theories aim to bring about a better understanding of the political consequences of rapid technological change. His recently published study "Weaponized Interdependence" (with Abraham L. Newman) gained considerable attention. It shows how powerful states leverage the dependencies of other states on technologies or other products in political conflicts. An example is the US government order prohibiting US companies from trading communications technology with foreign entities deemed a national security risk. The ban actually targeted Chinese companies. Contrary to long-standing belief, the networks resulting from globalization do not necessarily reduce the power of the state according to Farrell's theory. Instead states use the links in these networks to exert influence on specific targets.

Event klaus.becker@tum.de news-35802 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:25:00 +0100
Celonis wins German Future Prize https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35801/ The Celonis founders Bastian Nominacher, Martin Klenk and Alexander Rinke developed a process mining software system while studying at TUM. It investigates the everyday processes in companies, presents the analysis in understandable graphics and suggests improvements. This automatic consulting can be applied to all kinds of processes that leave digital traces, whether they are part of a pharmaceutical company's manufacturing process or the logistics of a trading company. The jury called the AI-based process mining software "a new key technology for industry and organizations that can reduce costs while boosting productivity and security."

Following its launch in 2011, Celonis achieved rapid growth: It was already Germany's fastest-growing technology company in 2015. One year later the Munich-based company opened an office in New York. In 2018, the company was valued at 1 billion US dollars, thus taking its place among the small number of German "unicorns". The latest round of financing, completed just a few days ago, yielded a valuation of 2.5 billion dollars. Global players and mid-sized companies in 20 different industries are using the software, including one third of all companies listed in the German DAX index. This places Celonis among the global market leaders in process mining.

Entrepreneurship news-35801 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:20:38 +0100
Regeneration of nerve cells, 3D printing in construction https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35798/ Infections, circulatory and metabolic disorders can attack and permanently damage the central nervous system, resulting for example in chronic leg pain. However, some damage to the nervous system heals after a certain period of time. It is still not known how this tissue recovery is regulated, and consequently no therapeutic support for the healing process is available. A team including TUM, the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) and the University of Göttingen will work together in SFB/TRR 274 to research nerve damage and the subsequent healing process in order to enable predictions on regeneration.

The researchers will look for control points in the central nervous system which regulate the recovery of the damaged tissue, examining the processes on a molecular scale and "in vivo". This will reveal the molecular signals of the nerve cells and their interaction with other cells. The speaker of the SFB is Mikael Simons, professor for Molecular Neurobiology at TUM.

Campus news presse@tum.de news-35798 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:20:31 +0100
TUM IdeAward for outstanding business ideas https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35796/ Which research results can lead to the development of a successful product? Who has the best idea for founding a start-up? More than 110 teams from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) entered the competition for this year's IdeAward. Ten finalists presented themselves in the university's Audimax yesterday, three prize winners were chosen by a jury. The IdeAward is presented by TUM, UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation, and the Zeidler Research Foundation, which funds the award with a cash prize totaling 37,500 euros.

Entrepreneurship klaus.becker@tum.de news-35796 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0100