Archives for March 2016

Important signaling molecule identified

Press release of the Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum of the Universität Würzburg. International scientists led by Carsten Hoffmann and Martin Lohse identified for the first time β-Arrestin as an independent signaling molecule. The protein modulates a pharmaceutically important pathway and leads to new drug targets, for example in pain therapy.

UniStem Day 2016 – First German stem-cell research day in Berlin

More than 200 high school students explore the world of stem cells. On March 11, 2016 stem cells were on the timetable for a number of students in Berlin with a keen interest in biology. More than 200 high school students from 15 Berlin schools attended Germany’s first UniStem Day, hosted by the Max Delbrück […]

Dr. Markus Landthaler. Photo: David Ausserhofer/MDC

MDC researcher Markus Landthaler receives science prize

The cell regulates the activity of its genes in various ways. The GlaxoSmithKline  Foundation awards Dr. Markus Landthaler of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) for his innovative research about gene regulation. The systems biologist Landthaler wants to understand how proteins bind to and influence the function of the […]

Cartoon: The sorriest excuse for a protein crystal

A common method of obtaining three-dimensional structures of proteins (such as the viral molecule described in the Daumke story) requires that a huge number of copies arrange themselves in tight arrays. They are then exposed to a high-intensity X-ray beam, producing a pattern that can be analyzed to produce an image of the structure of […]

New foundation at the MDC to support young international scientists

As of 22 February 2016, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) has been home to the newly created Stiftung Gisela Krebs (SGK), a foundation that aims to assist outstanding young international scientists with their research on muscle stem cells. The foundation’s benefactor, Gisela Krebs, is the sister of Nobel laureate Hans A. Krebs, […]

Jeanette Schulz-Menger becomes President of the global SCMR

Jeanette Schulz-Menger already heads the research group “Cardio-MRT” at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) and the University Clinic for Cardiology on the Charité campus in Buch. In January she acquired yet another prominent position: as President of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), the largest international society bringing together specialists in the […]