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July 15th, 2016

Johanna Wanka visits Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing


Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung / Steffen Kugler

As part of her summer tour "The future of growing old" the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, will visit selected research locations throughout Germany. During her visit to the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and CECAD, the Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases at the University of Cologne on 28 July 2016, she will be informed about research in Cologne. All media representatives are cordially invited to attend the visit. As a center of research, Cologne is home to the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the University of Cologne with its cluster of excellence CECAD. Together with other regional partners, researchers strive to uncover the basic causes of ageing and work on therapies for age-related diseases. These include diabetes, obesity, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Novel findings can be applied in the clinics because of the close link between basic and clinical research. Adam Antebi, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Axel Freimuth, Rector of the University of Cologne and Thomas Krieg, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine will welcome Johanna Wanka. More information about the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

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July 13th, 2016

Stem cells feel the force


Three-dimensional picture of the nucleus (in blue) of skin stem cells. The organisation of the chromosomes (in red and green) changes dramatically before (left) and after (right) stretching.

Stem cells feel and respond to external mechanical forces. This finding was reported by a research group led by Sara Wickström, Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne. They do this by changing the way DNA is organized in the nucleus, and thereby the expression of genes that are required for stem cell differentiation.

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June 06th, 2016

Christian Kukat presented with "Emerging Leader" award


International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) awards leader of core facility with young talent award.

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