Discovery in Parkinson’s research: Lipids influence the formation of protein clumps

In Parkinson’s patients, alpha-synuclein proteins clump together to form fibrils, which presumably damage nerve cells. A research team has now shown how lipids bind to these fibrils and influence their arrangement. They also demonstrated how the drug candidate anle138b attaches to the lipidic fibrils. The findings could open up new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. more

Ernst-Hellmut-Vits-Preis awarded to Stefan Kaufmann 

The Münster University Society honors the Max Planck scientist for his research achievements in the field of infection biology. The award is endowed with 20,000 euros and was ceremoniously awarded on November 8. (in German) more

Dirk Görlich receives WLA Prize 2022

The World Laureates Association (WLA) honors our director for his discoveries in the field of cellular logistics. He had key roles in elucidating the principles of transport between the nucleus and cytoplasm, the prize committee emphasized. The prize is worth 10 million Chinese yuan (about 1.4 million euros) and was ceremoniously awarded on November 6 at the 5th WLA Forum in Shanghai. more

Anniversary Exhibition: 20 years <em>Kunst am Fassberg</em>

The exhibition “Glanzlichter” (“Highlights”) promises a reunion with the artists who have presented their works in the series Kunst am Fassberg over the past 20 years. The opening ceremony takes place on Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm. (in German) more

Awards for the outstanding apprenticeship at the institute

A new record for the Max Planck Society’s (MPS) annual apprenticeship prizes: At our institute, five former trainees and one training facility are among the winners this year. Jana Fahrenbach and Sara Rudert were honored together, Henri Münkel, Robin Paschke, and Dominik Peix were each recognized individually. For its excellent efforts in apprenticeship, the MPS honors the Carpentry at the City Campus. (in German) more

Funding for a new method in cancer diagnostics

An efficient contrast agent method for MRI developed by Stefan Glöggler raises hopes of being able to distinguish tumors from healthy tissue on the basis of their metabolic activity. The ForTra gGmbH für Forschungstransfer of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation (ForTra) and the European Research Council (ERC) are now providing funding to further develop the method for clinical patient studies. more

From vaccines to insect die-off to the right decisions 

From October 28 to November 6, internationally renowned researchers and authors will report in the scientifc lecture serious Wissenschaftsreihe beim Göttinger Literaturherbst on current challenges of our time − such as the development of vaccines, the shaping of the energy transition, migration, and environmental protection. The lectures in the Göttingen Paulinerkirche begin at 7 pm. (in German) more

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