Every year acute renal failure affects over 13 million people and leads to 1.7 million deaths across the globe.It often develops when an insufficient supply of oxygen reaches the kidneys, a condition called ischemia. Working with their colleagues from the MDC, the Charité and FMP in Berlin and Hannover Medical School, Dr Lajos Markó and […]
Archives for January 2016
Everyone has responsibilities outside work, and the MDC wants to help its staff reconcile their professional and family life. At the information day on January 12, the project group explained the options available and Administrative Director Dr. Heike Wolke gave a talk in which she set out the philosophy behind the family-friendly policy.
Bettina Purfürst has seen it all. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but she has certainly seen more, and at higher resolution, than most scientists. Bettina runs the MDC’s electron microscopes as head of a unit that became the institute’s first core facility back in 2000. Her history with the campus goes back farther to 1988, […]
All of the cells in a tumor are the offspring of a single, aberrant cell, but they are not all alike. Only a few retain the capacity of the original cell to create an entire tumor. Such cancer stem cells can migrate to other tissues and become fatal metastases. To fully cure a patient’s cancer, […]
Human stem cells that are capable of becoming any other kind of cell in the body have previously only been acquired and cultivated with difficulty. Scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association have now presented details of a method to detect such pluripotent cells in a cell culture […]
Group leader Dr James Poulet of the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence will receive a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. Poulet and his team will continue their research on how the brain generates sensory perception.
When our organs age or wear out, their renewal usually depends on a few stem cells in the tissue, because the vast majority of differentiated cells have lost their ability to divide and generate new cells. A German-French team led by Michael Sieweke from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin and […]
Dr Alf Wachsmann, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association, was awarded the „DDN Pioneer Award 2015“. With this prize, the US-based company DDN distinguishes individuals, groups, or institutions „who are embracing leading-edge high performance computing technologies to shatter long-standing technical limits and to accelerate […]
Tom Rapoport, speaker of the second MDC lecture, dedicated his career to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ER is the cell compartment, or organelle, which is the entry site into the secretory pathway. There, secretory proteins and constituents of the secretory pathway are produced, folded, packaged and addressed for prompt delivery to their final destinations. […]