Mutation in TLR7 increases risk of severe COVID-19

Rare gene mutations can significantly increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease. An international research team with significant contribution of the University of Bonn compared the genetic material of 5,085 people with severe COVID-19 and more than 570,000 controls. The results showed that alterations in the gene TLR7, which is important for the immune defense in humans, lead to infections with a severe course. The findings have now been published in the journal PLOS GENETICS. 

Humboldt Research Award for Lucy O'Brien

Prof. Lucy O'Brien from University College London receives a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel from the Center for Science and Thought at the University of Bonn nominated the scientist for the award, which is endowed with 60,000 euros. Now both researchers are intensifying their collaboration. The scientist conducts research on the nature of self-consciousness and self-knowledge.

Covid-19: Vaccination status polarizes population

People who strongly identify with their Covid vaccine status discriminate more strongly against the respective other group. This is shown by a study conducted by the team around Luca Henkel, member of the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute at the University of Bonn, with the participation of the Universities of Erfurt and Vienna and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine Hamburg. The study was published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

Safe Arrival in Bonn

For 35 years now, the Erasmus+ Programme has been helping students achieve their goal of studying abroad. In early summer, the EU Commission allowed universities to draw on unused funds originally intended for German students’ international mobility in order to extend their support to Ukrainian students and university staff in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The University of Bonn made use of this option and advertised its available places for students from Ukraine in June 2022.

Control hub for skin inflammation discovered

Inflammatory reactions in the skin can reduce damage from UV radiation or infections, but can also result in painful symptoms such as sunburn. A recent study at the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn has now identified a molecular control which integrates these stress signals. The results have been published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Ranking: Sixth Place in Germany and Good Positions for Individual Subjects

The prestigious US News & World Report rankings which assesses a range of subject areas, reached a favorable verdict on the University of Bonn. The University’s performance in six of the subjects considered was assessed as ranking amongst the top five universities in Germany, whilst it made the top ten in 14 other areas. The subjects mathematics, economics and nutrition and food sciences were especially successful.

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