The Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre (CiM) brings together and supports researchers from medicine, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, mathematics, computer science and physics who join forces to work on a big topic: They investigate how cells behave in organisms. To this end, they employ and develop innovative imaging methods. Our interdisciplinary subject area "cell dynamics and imaging" is a research focus at the University of Münster.

© Thomas Zobel

Microscopy skills: seminar series and symposium

Our Imaging Network has started a new online seminar series that gives an introduction into instruments and methods of fluorescence microscopy. Those who are particularly interested in getting started with "fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy" (FLIM) can also register for a one-week online symposium: From 23 to 27 November, the Imaging Network and its partners invite you to introductory lectures and interactive demonstrations at the microscope.

© Linke Lab

Newly discovered mechanism regulates myocardial distensibility

A team of researchers headed by Münster University physiologist Prof. Wolfgang Linke has shown that oxidative stress, in combination with the extension of the heart walls, triggers a change in cardiac stiffness. A key role is played by the giant protein titin. This newly discovered mechanism is relevant, e.g., in cases of an acute heart attack. The results have been published in the journal “PNAS”.

© Klämbt Lab

Glial cells play an active role in the nervous system

Researchers at Münster University headed by biologist Prof Christian Klämbt have discovered that glial cells – one of the main components of the brain –not only control the speed of nerve conduction, but also influence the precision of signal transduction in the brain. The research results have been published in the journal Nature Communications.