Comparison between the normal TMEM16A protein and the mutated variant showing the truncating effect that leads to the loss of vast portions of the protein. This leads to severe structural alterations.<address>© J. Park et al. 2020/ Journal of Medical Genetics</address>
© J. Park et al. 2020/ Journal of Medical Genetics

A newly discovered disease may lead to better treatment of cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is the most frequent severe inherited disorder worldwide. Researchers have now discovered a novel disease that might lead to a better understanding of cystic fibrosis and new treatment options in the future. The results have been published in the scientific journal “Journal of Medical Genetics”.

Arabidopsis thaliana flower<address>© lehic / Adobe Stock</address>
© lehic / Adobe Stock

View into plant cells: A membrane protein is targeted to two locations

A metabolic pathway that has occupied plant scientists for decades is the oxidative pentose-phosphate pathway, which leads to the conversion of carbohydrates into energy equivalents. Researchers at Münster Universityfound that an important membrane protein is distributed to two cell organelles simultaneously, to provide reduction power at both locations.

The Münster Schloss is where the Rectorate of Münster University is located.<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

Senate decides to begin critical debate on Münster University’s name-giver

The Senate of the University of Münster has decided unanimously that the University should promote a critical, public debate on Kaiser Wilhelm II, after whom the University is named. The basis for this decision is the final report submitted by an eight-strong taskforce which the University had set up in October 2018.

<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

€16.5m for Münster University research projects

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will be providing 6.5 million euros to fund the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity” at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. The existing CRC 1009 “Breaking Barriers – Immune cells and pathogens at cell/matrix barriers” will continue to receive funding amounting to more than 10 million euros.

Dr. Christine Prokopf<address>© privat</address>
© privat

Disaster prevention instead of crisis management

In her doctoral thesis, political scientist Dr. Christine Prokopf investigated how politics in Germany deals with disasters and looked at whether there has been any change in the approach, from managing a catastrophe, once it is there, to reducing the risks of it, preventing it in advance. In an interview, she discusses her results and their importance in the corona crisis.

In the model: blue light triggers a special monooxygenase reaction in an enzyme. This kind of activation was hitherto unknown in enzymology.<address>© Steffen L. Drees</address>
© Steffen L. Drees

Triggered by light, a novel way to switch on an enzyme

In cells, enzymes drive biochemical metabolic processes. In biotechnology, they are in demand as catalysts for the production of chemical products. Researchers at Münster University identified an enzyme that, when illuminated with blue light, initiates a reaction that was previously unknown in enzymatics. The study was published in "Nature Communications".

The Banner was thought to have been lost since the First World War<address>© Franses Gallery, London</address>
© Franses Gallery, London

Münster University historian identifies tapestry as an embroidery

In painstaking research, historian Dr. Daniel Stracke, a research assistant at the Institute of Comparative Urban History (Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte) has rediscovered the Banner of Péronne, which disappeared in the First World War. Today, it is a matter for the French courts.

With a wide range of formats and channels, the importance of science communication at German universities and research institutes has increased over the past few years.<address>© WWU - Robert Matzke</address>
© WWU - Robert Matzke

Making research easy to understand

Whether it is press releases, posts, reports in the university newspaper, podcasts, blog entries, lectures or events for children and school students: in all its diversity, science communication has long been an integral part of knowledge transfer at universities, including the University of Münster.

<address>© WWU</address>

Individual challenges and opportunities

For the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics", the corona pandemic poses particular challenges for young researchers. At the Collaborative Research Center TRR 170, which is concerned with the late accretions onto terrestrial planets, some scientists have to keep an eye on important laboratory experiments even during the corona crisis.

The &quot;Nature Index&quot; includes scientific publications in renowned journals from the previous year.<address>© Adobe Stock/ Danielle Bonardelle</address>
© Adobe Stock/ Danielle Bonardelle

"Nature Index": WWU ranks among the top five German universities

Which are the research institutions with the highest number of high-ranking publications in the natural and life sciences? This question is addressed once a year by the renowned journal "Nature". In the recently published "Nature Index Global 2020", the University of Münster ranks 126th – and is thus among the five best German universities worldwide.

PhD student Alexa Hasenbach with the photoacoustic detector handheld, which emits laser light into the body’s tissue.<address>© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann</address>
© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann

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.

Ilona Riek, Prof. Friso Wielenga (centre) and Prof. Gunther De Vogelaer are preparing for the 25th anniversary at Netherlands House, even though the celebrations have to be postponed because of the coronovirus crisis.<address>© WWU - Julia Harth</address>
© WWU - Julia Harth

Netherlands House celebrates 25th anniversary

15 May 1995 saw the ceremonial opening of Netherlands House in the Krameramtshaus building. It brings together the Centre for Netherlands Studies, the Institute of Dutch Philology and the Netherlands House Library, and in the past 25 years it has achieved much to advance good neighbourly relations between the Netherlands and Germany.

<address>© Wilhelm Bauhus</address>
© Wilhelm Bauhus

Working together as equals

Münster University has many years of experience with Citizen Science projects. One project deals with the history of the old railway tunnel in Lengerich. The research project was explored in 2011 as part of the Innovation Office’s "Expedition Münsterland" and scientifically processed by the Department of History of Münster University and the Villa ten Hompel historical site together with citizens.

<address>© ARTVISU Artur Krause</address>
© ARTVISU Artur Krause

"Research Fab Battery Cells" makes progress

At the end of 2022, the "Research Fab Battery Cells" is scheduled to go into operation under the leadership of the MEET battery research centre of Münster University. The developments should have been presented at the Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair). Instead, all interested people can now get an overview of the current status of the project on a new website of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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