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11 December 2013, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Leipzig. Food allergies are evidently much more specific than previously assumed. More precise tests may allow allergy sufferers more freedom of food choice in the future. This is the result of studies carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Leipzig and the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen. The researchers examined patients with a Nile perch allergy. Being allergic to Nile perch does not mean also being allergic to cod. Furthermore, species-specific allergens were identified that may help to improve avoidance strategies against such food allergies and make them more specific, the researchers write in the scientific journal Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology (JIACI).
10 December 2013, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Leipzig. In order to improve the evaluation process for the long-term consequences of pesticides, scientists have developed a new detection method and a model that can enable determinations regarding whether and how readily biodegradable the residues of pesticides are. The study, conducted by scientists at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Rhine-Westphalian Technical University Aachen (RWTH) and the Technical University of Denmark has recently appeared in the scientific journal ?Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology?.
09 December 2013, Helmholtz Head Office
Start-up help for market-ready research: Helmholtz supports four company spin-offs
The Helmholtz Association is providing funding to four new spin-off projects by scientists conducting research at Helmholtz Centres. The researchers will receive up to €260,000 in seed capital – half from the Helmholtz Association’s Initiative and Networking Fund and at least the same amount again from their own Helmholtz Centre. The funding scheme, which is called Helmholtz Enterprise, is particularly helpful for company founders during the critical start-up phase and speeds up the market readiness of research findings. In 2013, external reviewers recommended eight spin-off projects for funding.
06 December 2013, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, 9 December 2013 – Microorganisms are the workhorses of industrial or ‘white’ biotechnology. They produce active ingredients for drugs, foodstuffs, and chemical substances. The general principle is: the more productive the microorganisms, the more effective the entire industrial process. In order to rapidly find the very best microorganisms, Jülich researchers have developed a procedure that makes highly productive cells glow, thus allowing them to be identified from millions of others. In their spin-off company SenseUp Biotechnology, the researchers now want to bring this technology to market maturity. The project is supported by € 260,000 from the Helmholtz Association in the framework of the funding instrument Helmholtz Enterprise in conjunction with Forschungszentrum Jülich.
06 December 2013, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Former HZI scientist will be awarded with the most renowned German research prize. On 5 December it was announced that the former HZI junior research group leader Prof Lars Zender will receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2014. The prize is awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 1986 and is the most renowned research award in Germany. Zender is being honoured for his work on the development of new methods for treating tumour diseases in the gastro-intestinal ...