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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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  • 19. October 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Taking a look at the genes of brain tumors may help making the right therapy decision

    Researchers from the „Hopp-Children’s Cancer Center Heidelberg“ (KiTZ) together with colleagues from the US, showed substantial molecular diversity behind seemingly similar embryonal brain tumors in children. The scientists could reveal the impact of identifying this molecular diversity on the diagnosis and treatment approach. The investigations, which were conducted in the context of a clinical study, were supported by the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK).

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  • 18. October 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Takeda Oncology Research Award 2018 to Rocio Sotillo

    A certain form of lung cancer is characterized by two genes that are accidentally fused. The fusion produces a growth signal for the cells. These tumors respond well to a targeted drug that deprives the cancer cells of the growth stimulus. Several molecular variants of cancer-promoting gene fusion exist. Rocio Sotillo of the German Cancer Research Center and the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) has discovered that one of these variants is associated with a more aggressive disease, which also rapidly develops resistance to the cancer drug. For these results Sotillo has now received the Takeda Oncology Research Prize 2018, endowed with 30,000 euros.

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  • 18. October 2018, Helmholtz Head Office
    Helmholtz to Fund International Partnerships in Health and Matter Research

    Berlin, 10/18/2018 – The new "Helmholtz International Labs" program will fund research projects covering new medicines for infections, the effects of environmental impacts on health, and unique insights into the structure of matter. These international labs will receive up to 300,000 euros annually for an initial period of five years. This will increase collaboration between the Helmholtz Association and excellent research institutions worldwide, as part of the Association’s internationalization strategy.

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  • 18. October 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Nanodiamonds as photocatalysts

    Diamond nanomaterials are considered hot candidates for low-cost photocatalysts. They can be activated by light and can then accelerate certain reactions between water and CO 2 and produce carbon-neutral "solar fuels". The EU project DIACAT has now doped such diamond materials with boron and shown at BESSY II how this could significantly improve the photocatalytic properties.

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  • 18. October 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
    Helmholtz to Fund International Partnerships in Health and Matter Research

    HZI project on new drugs against bacterial and viral infections selected. "I congratulate the three selected labs," says Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association. "They proved themselves in a highly competitive contest and are now backed by considerable financial support and international partnerships to advance socially relevant issues." According to Wiestler, the funded projects now have the best conditions for achieving substantial ...

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  • 17. October 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
    Staying a step ahead of the game

    Research team unravels trick with which the sleeping sickness pathogen hides from the immune system. Unicellular parasites belonging to the genus Trypanosoma cause sleeping sickness in humans. Sleeping sickness is a debilitating and potentially lethal disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is transmitted by the tsetse fly. Prof Nicolai Siegel, who heads a research group in molecular parasitology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), uses trypanosomes as an experimental ...

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  • 16. October 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    € 16 Million for the Battery of the Future

    Jülich, 8 October 2018 – Research into solid-state batteries is viewed with great promise worldwide. This type of battery does not require combustible liquid electrolytes and offers shorter charging times and higher energy densities than today’s lithium-ion batteries – and therefore greater range for electromobility. To develop the materials and process technology further, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has set up the FestBatt competence cluster, which will be given almost € 16 million in funding over a three-year period starting September 2018. The cluster comprises 14 scientific institutions, including universities – with Justus Liebig University Gießen coordinating the cluster – Helmholtz centres such as Forschungszentrum Jülich, and institutes of the Fraunhofer Society.

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  • 16. October 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    Jutta Kramm is new head of communications at the MDC

    Jutta Kramm took over on October 1, 2018, as head of the Communications Department at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC). Kramm, 59, was previously a PR manager and spokesperson at the children’s rights organization Save the Children Germany.

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  • 15. October 2018, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    Expo Real: FAIR draws positive balance after its trade fair participation

    Intense discussions and numerous new contacts — the FAIR construction project’s participation this year in the internationally renowned real estate trade fair Expo Real was once again very successful. The project’s dynamic progress attracted strong interest from professionals and trade fair visitors. Over a period of three days, an extensive presentation of the construction planning and the next steps toward the realization of the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) were on exhibition at Expo Real in Munich. This year the focus was primarily on the current calls for tender and the awarding of contracts in the area of technical building services.

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  • 15. October 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Blue phosphorus - mapped and measured for the first time

    Until recently, the existence of "blue" phosphorus was pure theory: Now an HZB team was able to examine samples of blue phosphorus at BESSY II for the first time and confirm via mapping of their electronic band structure that this is actually this exotic phosphorus modification. Blue phosphorus is an interesting candidate for new optoelectronic devices. The results have been published in Nano Letters.

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