"Growing end" of inflammation discovered

Redness, swelling, pain - these are signs of inflammation. It serves to protect the body from pathogens or foreign substances. Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne were able to show that inflammatory reactions of an important sensor protein proceed in a specific spatial direction. This finding has the potential to conceivably stop inflammation at the "growing end", and thus bring chronic inflammatory diseases to a halt. The study has now been published in the journal "Science Advances". 

Conference on Law as Culture

After twelve years of funding, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" will host its final conference on May 12 and 13. Since 2010, the international research center has been reflecting on different systematic dimensions of law as a cultural fact. At the final conference, renowned scholars from various disciplines will speak on this topic and look back at the Center’s developmental dynamics. In addition, artists who have joined the Center as Artists in Residence will talk about their experiences with the cross-pollination of research and art.

Wilhelm Weber Prize for Christiane Woopen

Ethicist Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen of the University of Bonn received this year's Wilhelm Weber Award in Dortmund for her many years of social commitment. The prize, named after the theologian and social scientist Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Weber (1925-1983), is awarded for "special services in the spirit of Catholic social ethics." During a ceremony at the Kommende Dortmund, the social institute of the archdiocese of Paderborn, former federal constitutional judge Prof. Dr. Paul Kirchhof gave the laudatory speech for the prize winner.

What benefits nutrition in Africa the most

Malnutrition in developing countries is best addressed not by increasing the variety of crops grown on smallholder farms, but by improving access to markets. This is the conclusion of a recent study by the MwAPATA Institute in Malawi and the University of Bonn in Germany. More variety in animal production, however, does show positive effects. The findings are now published in the journal “Lancet Planetary Health”.

Humboldt Research Award for Uwe-Jens Wiese

Prof. Dr. Uwe-Jens Wiese from the University of Bern receives a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Dr. Ulf-G. Meißner of the Helmholtz Institute for Radiation and Nuclear Physics at the University of Bonn nominated the scientist for the award. The two have known and appreciated each other for a long time and now want to further develop new methods together. The prize is endowed with 60,000 euros.

Honoring Outstanding and Dedicated Early-Career Researchers

The Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn (UGB) presented its prestigious prizes for superlative doctoral theses and its Initiative Award for student involvement during its spring matinée. The ceremony returned to being held in person in the Arithmeum.

Strongly supported: Senate and University Council pass resolution on interim space on Hofgarten campus

Members of the Senate and University Council of the University of Bonn have passed a resolution expressing their broad support for the Rectorate's plans to build sustainable interim spaces on part of the Hofgarten during the ten-year renovation period of the main building. This is intended to create urgently needed alternative space for the lecture halls and auditorium that will be eliminated.

The fungal effector Rip 1 suppresses maize host defense responses

Coevolution between pathogens and host plant immune systems shapes a multifaceted network of interactions that remain phenotypically unrecognised and functionally elusive unless single players are depleted from the system. The maize-colonising fungus Ustilago maydis secretes a complex effector blend in order to suppress defence and redirect host metabolism in its favour. An international research team, including scientist from IPK Leibniz Institute and the University of Bonn, elucidates the effector protein Rip1, which is involved in immunity suppression during biotrophy. The results were published in the journal Plant Cell.  

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