Scientists from Münster are the first visualizing flu virus microstructures by light microscopy
How does the flu virus multiply? Using light microscopy, the group around Swantje Liedmann from the Institute of Molecular Virology, University of Münster, was able to visualize structures of the viral genetic material inside human cells. The results of their study have been published in the online journal "Nature Communications".
The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence opened the doors of its labs for approximately 30 representatives from business and economy in Münster yesterday. The guests were excited and asked the scientists plenty of questions during the evening.
CiM mathematician receives award worth one million euros
CiM group leader Prof. Benedikt Wirth was honoured with the 'Alfried Krupp Award' for young university professors which is endowed with one million euros. With the money Benedikt Wirth intends to establish his own research group and to pursue new research questions.
In the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, immune cells migrate into the brain and destroy tissue there. Up to now, physicians assumed that treatment with the highly efficacious drug natalizumab may prevent this. A team led by CiM group leader Prof. Heinz Wiendl and Prof. Sven Meuth now found that in some patients pathogenic cells still find their way to the brain - with the help of the adhesion molecule MCAM.
CiM group leader Professor Alexander Zarbock has been honoured for his research on the role of specialized immune cells in acute lung injury (ALI) by the German Society for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Prof. Lydia Sorokin, spokesperson of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, and CiM group leader Prof. Cornelia Denz are new members of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.
More than 2.5 million people worldwide suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory disease. Researchers of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence now found that moderate sun exposure supports the development of a healthy immune system and helps with protecting the central nervous system from unwanted attacks.
Imaging expertise consolidated: Today the Science Council announced its recommendation for the establishment of a new building, the 'Multiscale Imaging Centre' (MIC), at the University of Münster (WWU). The new research building shall house more than 300 staff members from different disciplines, investigating cells and their behaviour using imaging techniques.
CiM researcher Dr. Mario Schelhaas was honored by the German Society for Virology for his internationally acclaimed achievements in the field of tumor virus research. Schelhaas working group is interested in the process of infection, so how tumor viruses manage to penetrate the body's cells.
When the immune system gets activated, immune cells and signaling molecules have to leave the vascular system and migrate into the injured tissue. This is achieved through 'hook and loop fasteners' between endothelial cells of blood vessels. A team of scientistis of the MPI including the CiM researchers Dietmar Vestweber and Alexander Zarbock has now deciphered the molecular mechanisms that open these fasteners.
Prof. Martin Burger, principal investigator in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM), has received a grant of the European Research Council (ERC) of around one million euros for five years. He and his team develop mathematical methods for image processing and for the solution of inverse problems. The funded project deals with the question how in biomedical imaging data and observed processes can be interrelated.
The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence was the theme of this year's New Year reception of the Münster University on Friday, January 10th. At the commencement of the reception, guests were introduced to CiM with a laser show of 'cells in motion' on screens in the foyer of the castle of Münster.