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News and views on research at the Helmholtz Association - this is the place to look for all the press releases issued by the Helmholtz Research Centres and the Helmholtz Head Office. A comfortable search function helps you to view specific news items from the Helmholtz Research Centres in chronological order. Older press releases can be found in our archive or on the website of the relevant Helmholtz Research Centre.

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  • 26. May 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    High-resolution molecular map of endothelial cells identifies new mechanisms of liver regeneration

    Blood vessels control the function of organs. Vessel-lining endothelial cells perform important control and safeguarding functions. Yet, the underlying molecular mechanisms are hitherto poorly understood. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and at the European Center for Angioscience (ECAS) at Heidelberg University have now succeeded for the first time in generating a high-resolution, multidimensional map of gene and protein expression of endothelial cells in the liver. This allows precise insights into the mechanistic understanding of liver function and the control of liver regeneration.

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  • 25. May 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    From Contrast Agents to Drug Delivery: Research with Neutrons Enables Advances in Biomedical Research

    Jülich/Garching, 25 May 2021 – Biocompatible iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) offer great potential for biomedical applications, both in terms of imaging and therapy. More rapid progress in researching IONPs now looks promising by using a new method combination developed by a team of Jülich researchers using neutrons as a probe. This makes it possible for the first time to make chains of iron oxide nanoparticles directly visible in dispersions. As a result, it is quicker and easier to determine how parameters such as size, concentration, composition and magnetic fields influence the formation of the chains through self-organization. Up until now, the IONPs were only directly visible when using an electron microscope. For this to work, however, they would need to be deposited to a sample carrier that can influence self-organization.

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  • 25. May 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Scientific Software – Quality not Always Good

    Computer Scientists at KIT and HITS Develop Open-Source Tool that Automatically Checks Adherence of Scientific Software to Development Standards – 48 Tools Evaluated

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  • 25. May 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    How “paralyzed” immune cells can be reactivated against brain tumors

    Brain tumor cells with a certain common mutation reprogram invading immune cells. This leads to the paralysis of the body's immune defense against the tumor in the brain. Researchers from Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Freiburg discovered this mechanism and at the same time identified a way of reactivating the paralyzed immune system to fight the tumor. These results confirm that therapeutic vaccines or immunotherapies are more effective against brain tumors if active substances are simultaneously used to promote the suppressed immune system.Joint press release by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital, Freiburg University Hospital, and University Medicine Mannheim

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  • 21. May 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Water Treatment: Removing Hormones with Sunlight

    KIT Researchers Developed a New Method to Remove Micropollutants Using a Photocatalytic Membrane and Visible Light.

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  • 21. May 2021, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    The viruses in our genes: When activated, they damage brain development

    Researchers have been able to prove for the first time that activation of distinct human endogenous retroviruses, which are part of our genome, impair brain development dramatically. This finding could help to advance research into therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. The study originated from an international collaboration led by Helmholtz Zentrum München.

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  • 20. May 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Electrons riding a double wave: Research team presents a new type of particle accelerator

    Since they are far more compact than today’s accelerators, which can be kilometers long, plasma accelerators are considered as a promising technology for the future. An international research group has now made significant progress in the further development of this approach: With two complementary experiments at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), the team was able to combine two different plasma technologies for the first time and build a novel hybrid accelerator. The concept could advance accelerator development and, in the long term, become the basis of highly brilliant X-ray sources for research and medicine, as the experts describe in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23000-7).

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  • 20. May 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Immune cells promote proinflammatory fatty liver disease

    A particular type of dendritic cell is responsible for the tissue damage that occurs in non-alcoholic steatohepatits (NASH) in mice and humans. The dendritic cells cause aggressive, proinflammatory behavior in T cells, as now discovered by researchers from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in collaboration with colleagues from Israeli research institutes. Blocking these dendritic cells alleviates symptoms in mice. This type of approach might also prevent the development of serious liver damage in NASH patients.

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  • 19. May 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    “E-Nose” Can Discriminate Various Mint Scents

    Interdisciplinary KIT research group develops and tests artificial scent identification using sensors based on novel material combinations

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  • 19. May 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Neutron Research on Oxide-based Synthetic Antiferromagnets: Towards Three-Dimensional Storage Elements with High Data Density

    Jülich, 19 May 2021 – Antiferromagnetic oxide materials offer the promise of advances in information technology and nanomedicine. In contrast to ferromagnetic materials, they are not affected by interference from external magnetic fields and could store data more permanently and reliably than is currently possible with magnetic materials. Oxide systems are thus of more interest than metallic ones, because they are easier to switch. Scientists at Jülich, together with their international colleagues, have now shed light on the switching mechanism of an oxide-based synthetic antiferromagnet. They also showed how this material could enable vertical data transfer, thus making it possible to develop three-dimensional storage elements with high data density. The researchers conducted their studies with the help of the neutron reflectometer MARIA, operated by the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, along with similar instruments in other European neutron facilities.

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