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Clinical studies: When drugs are tested on human beings

After many years of medication development, active substances are now also being introduced to human test subjects in clinical studies for the first time. How do clinical studies really work – and how safe are they?


Interview: “Innovation is one of our core tasks”

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has presented an umbrella strategy for the next few years. The research university in the Helmholtz Association wants to have: cutting-edge research work even closer together with teaching, unification of federal and state financial streams, and continued improvement of their profile.

Traffic management: The street lamp whisperers

A motorist’s dream could become reality: A smartphone app or the navigational device indicates where the next available parking space is located. Siemens is now testing, with a radar-supported sensor network, what is possible.


HELMHOLTZ Extreme: The smallest timber-framing construction

The construction style of medieval buildings shows that timber framing ensures long-term stability. KIT research scientists have now created the smallest timber-framed construction in the world – a nano-structure with interesting prospects for the future.


Interview: New methods could speed up protein research considerably

A research team under the leadership of Henry Chapman from the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) have developed a new method for clarifying the make-up of biomolecules. It could considerably improve and simplify, in the future, the complicated technology of structural analysis by means of crystallography.


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