News archive 2020

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Tailored light inspired by nature

An international research team with Prof. Cornelia Denz from the University of Münster have developed light fields using caustics that do not change during propagation. For this purpose, the physicists cleverly exploit light structures that can be seen in rainbows or when light is transmitted through drinking glasses. The new method could be relevant for applications such as high resolution microsopy. The study has been published in “Nature Communications”.

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Researchers solve a long-standing problem in organic chemistry

Chemists have for a long time been interested in efficiently constructing polyenes – not least in order to be able to use them for future biomedical applications. However, such designs are currently neither simple nor inexpensive. Scientists at Münster University headed by Cells in Motion Professor Ryan Gilmour have now found a bio-inspired solution to the problem. The study has been published in “Science”.

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Researchers identify “hot spots” for developing lymphatic vessels

The development of the lymphatic vasculature is crucially dependent on one specific protein – the growth factor VEGF-C. Using the zebrafish model, researchers now gained new insights into how and at which spots the individual protagonists of the VEGF-C signalling pathway need to interact with each other in the embryo. The study has been published in "Nature Communications".

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Investigating inflammation at biological interfaces – 10 million euros for CRC "Breaking Barriers"

The Collaborative Research Centre "Breaking Barriers" will continue to receive funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for four years. The network deals with inflammatory reactions at biological interfaces such as the skin or surfaces of lungs, intestines or blood vessels. Newly gained insights shall now be implemented in methods relating to new diagnostic or therapeutic approaches.

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Listening to the molecules in the body

Laser light that cannot be seen, and sounds that cannot be heard: this combination produces something that is all the more visible – images from inside the body. Photoacoustics is the name of this method, whose purpose is to acoustically record the sounds of molecules. During her PhD thesis, biologist Alexa Hasenbach investigated inflammatory processes.

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#staysafe #stayscientific: community video

What is it like to do research in times of the corona crisis? Three young scientists from our CiM-IMPRS Graduate Program have recorded short video clips in which they share moments from their everyday life and give insights into how they are dealing with the situation.

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Junior scientists receive funding – an example project

15 junior researchers at the University of Münster have received nearly 20,000 euros in funding by the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre. They will use the money to implement their own research ideas, gain experience in another working group or present their research findings at international conferences. An example: A team of four wants to develop an imaging system for analysing sperm motility.

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"Our vision is to provide interdisciplinary training for doctoral students"

In the new "Chembion" Research Training Group at Münster University, which is being funded by the German Research Foundation, doctoral students from medicine and pharmacy jointly investigate ways to regulate the function of ion channels in cell membranes. An interview with Prof. Bernhard Wünsch, spokesperson of the Research Training Group and member of the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre.

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Iron particles for MR imaging

Physicians, physicists and chemists at Münster University have developed novel iron oxide nanoparticles that can serve as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The exceptional aspect: They can be specifically distinguished from naturally occurring iron, thus enabling targeted tracking of immune cells in mice, and providing novel insight into iron metabolism. The study was awarded the title “Paper of the Month” by the Faculty of Medicine.