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01 September 2014, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch
Cancer research and the neurosciences at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) have been strengthened. The biologist Dr. Michela Di Virgilio from The Rockefeller University in New York, USA began work in September as Helmholtz junior research group leader at the MDC, a research institution of the Helmholtz Association. Concurrently with Dr. Di Virgilio, the neuroscientist Dr. Niccolò Zampieri from Columbia University, New York, USA began work as junior research group leader at the MDC and in the excellence cluster NeuroCure* of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
01 September 2014, Helmholtz Head Office
Helmholtz Association facilitates new spin-offs
The Helmholtz Association is providing up to €130,000 of funding for each of four new spin-off proposals by Helmholtz researchers. This brings the total number of Helmholtz centre spin-offs funded by the Association through its Initiative and Networking Fund to 86 since 2005. The Helmholtz Enterprise funding programme supports spin-offs during the critical start-up phase, helping research findings to be applied rapidly for the benefit of society and the economy.
29 August 2014, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Interdisciplinary Centre for Structural Systems Biology will be built in Hamburg. On the site of the Deutschen Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg a unique centre for infection research will be built: the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB). The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig is one of nine institutions participating in the project. The new research centre aims at gaining a better understanding of the attack patterns of viruses, ...
29 August 2014, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
A unique interdisciplinary centre for the investigation of pathogenic organisms is currently taking shape on the DESY campus – the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB. Nine partners – the majority universities and research institutes from northern Germany - have joined forces to decipher exactly how viruses, bacteria and parasites attack their hosts at the atomic level with the help of DESY's X-ray sources and other research methods. This will form the basis for the development of custom designed pharmaceuticals. Together with representatives of the CSSB partners, Hamburg's science senator Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, secretary of state in Lower Saxony's science ministry Andrea Hoops and CSSB founding director Dr. Matthias Wilmanns today laid the foundation stone for the centre's new research building.
28 August 2014, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, 28 August 2014 – Encouraging school students’ interest in STEM subjects (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), especially in biology – this is the goal of the "School Meets Science" project. Together with teachers, the JuLab Schools Laboratory at Forschungszentrum Jülich has developed a concept for teaching biology that places a strong emphasis on experimentation. During the coming school year (2014/2015), a total of four schools in the Düren district will participate in the project.