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Excellence Strategy: Threefold success for the University of Münster

Experts select three applications from Münster for the final round / Rector Johannes Wessels: “A very pleasing result”
<address>© WWU - Judith Kraft</address>
© WWU - Judith Kraft

A threefold success for the University of Münster in the Excellence Strategy: in a preliminary decision, an international committee of experts has assessed three of the four draft proposals submitted by the University for Clusters of Excellence as being promising. The committee has called on each of the research teams to submit detailed applications for funding by 21 February 2018.

International Welcome Week September 27-29

International degree seeking students
Welcome Week<address>© WWU - Die Brücke</address>
© WWU - Die Brücke

New to Münster and at University? Don't worry, just join the Welcome Week to meet students from all over the world, have fun with different activities and learn all about studying and living in Münster.

New method of analysing lymphoedema

Münster researchers develop a new diagnostic imaging technique for lymphoedema
3D computer reconstruction of a healthy human skin biobsy. Spatial arrangement of blood vessels (white) and lymphatic vessels (red) is distinctly visible.<address>© JCI Insight</address>
© JCI Insight

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the “JCI Insight” journal.

Münster University’s Professor Frank Glorius receives Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Recognition for research undertaken in the field of organic chemistry
Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

A major honour for Frank Glorius: the Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster has been accorded an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award is conferred for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry and is worth $45,000.

Samples from the desert in her luggage

Visiting researcher from Ethiopia investigates microorganisms at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.
Visiting researcher at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence: Lulit Tilahun Wolde from Ethiopia.<address>© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn</address>
© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn

Lulit Tilahun Wolde, a biotechnologist, loves travelling. Her research regularly takes her to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world: Dallol. Dallol is a region in Danakil Desert, north-east Ethiopia, where Lulit Wolde takes water and soil samples once a year among acid ponds and lava rock.

Chemists of the University of Münster develope a new method for the formation of fluorinated molecular rings

Sought-after compounds readily accessible for the first time / Science publication as “breakthrough”
Prof. Frank Glorius, Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh, Mario Wiesenfeldt<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster have developed a new and practical synthetic method for the formation of fluorinated three-dimensional “saturated” molecular ring structures. This development can have great importance for the efficient production of new molecules and, consequently, new drugs, crop protection agents and functional materials.

“We do research to cure cancer in children and adolescents”

A lab visit to Prof. Claudia Rössig
Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is a CiM research group leader and director of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of University Children’s Hospital Muenster.<address>© CiM</address>
© CiM

Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is convinced of the chances for the immunotherapeutic treatment of children with cancer. Her research group at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is aiming to modify patients’ T cells in such a way that they can systematically recognize or destroy cancer cells in solid tumours, or at least keep them in check.

New study on the regulation of seed dormancy in plants

Researchers decode function of protein / Published in “Nature Communications”
Dr. Guillaume Née and Prof. Iris Finkemeier hold up the objects of their research: specimens of the thale cress (the small plants) which they have been analysing. Growing in the large pots are rapeseed plants. The DOG1 protein is conserved in rapeseed as well.<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Seed dormancy helps to determine whether plants successfully reproduce. An international team of researchers around Prof. Iris Finkemeier from Münster University, now has some new findings on molecular control. One of the things the researchers show is how two signalling pathways which lead to seed dormancy are connected with each other.

University closes non-approved facility for laboratory mice

By order of the local Veterinary Office after tip-off from within Faculty / Rector: "We are appalled at this breach of trust"
The main building of the Faculty of Medicine<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Münster has, by order of the local Veterinary Office, closed with immediate effect a non-approved facility for laboratory mice at one of the Faculty’s institutes.

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System

Cosmochemists from Münster precisely date Jupiter’s formation for the first time
Close-up view of Jupiter from &quot;Voyager 1&quot;<address>© NASA</address>
© NASA

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System, as scientists from the University of Münster now found out. They determined Jupiter’s age using meteorites and showed: At four million years after Solar System formation Jupiter was fully formed.

A lab visit to Prof. Richard Stange

"The way bones heal is fascinating"
Trauma surgeon Prof. Richard Stange is a new professor at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.<address>© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski</address>
© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski

The 80 research groups of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence daily deal with the question of how cells behave in the body. But what exactly do the scientists investigate? Which technique are they excited about? And what moves them beyond their own research topic?

Ideas contest “Religion and Politics”

Cluster of Excellence calls for proposals to establish new projects at the WWU
Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”<address>© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”</address>
© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has advertised an ideas contest to establish new research projects. Within the framework of the new Excellence Strategy, the Cluster of Excellence is applying for funding in the period between 2019 and 2025. Interested scholars of the WWU may apply with a short draft proposal until 30 June 2017.

A protein that degrades nerve processes

How does the nervous system develop? / Study at “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence
Left: Sensory neuron of a drosophila larva. Centre: In the pupal phase cell processes normally degenerate. Right: Nerve cells lacking the protein PAR-1 exhibit strong dendrite degeneration defects.<address>© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal</address>
© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal

During development, some of the connections between nerve cells disappear. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have discovered a physiological process that plays an important role in this. The study has appeared in the “Embo Journal”.