Life and Health

Life and Health - Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA) University of Bonn

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Life exists in complex structures, from the smallest molecules that interact with each other to the interplay of various organisms in ecological systems. Understanding the complexity of life is therefore one of the most fascinating research topics. If researchers decipher the mechanisms underlying life, this will provide the basis for a better understanding of diseases and the development of new therapies. In a lively research environment and together with the Cluster of Excellence "Immunosensation2", the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Life and Health" of the University of Bonn focuses on comprehending life - from the level of the tiniest particles to the interaction of complex systems with the environment. One of the main objectives is the development of new strategies to improve and maintain health.

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More about our research profile, topics and TRA projects.


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Prof. Dr. Dominik Bach
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Hertz-Professor "Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience"

We are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Dominik Bach as new Hertz Chair of TRA Life and Health at the University of Bonn as of April 1, 2022. The internationally renowned neuroscientist, who previously worked at the University of Zurich and the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research at University College London, will establish a strong new research focus at the interface between neuroscience, psychiatry and computer science within TRA Life and Health.  The analysis of human behavior in extreme situations by using mathematical methods will help to further decipher the function of the brain. This will contribute to an improved understanding of mental illnesses and thus enable new therapeutic approaches.

More information:
University of Bonn press release

"Life and Health Matter(s)" - Networking event

Members of two TRAs at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn © Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn

How do researchers from different fields get to know each other? To promote an exchange between the members of the TRAs "Building Blocks of Matter and Fundamental Interactions" (TRA Matter) and "Life and Health", they were invited to an extraordinary networking event entitled "Life and Health Matter(s)" on May 31, 2022. A special location, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, an inspiring guided tour through the exhibition "The Brain in Art and Science", short presentations in "FlashTalks" and exchange in randomly arranged small groups - for all participants this event was a complete success. In addition to the exchange with scientists from the other TRA, there was also the opportunity to establish new contacts between researchers within a TRA. Due to the pandemic, this has come up far too short so far. Further events of this kind are already being planned...

Press release of the University of Bonn

Organoid Club

The "Bonn Organoid Club" is a forum for interested researchers to exchange expertise and reagents on organoid models in biomedical research.
Next seminar:
13.09.2022          4:30 p.m.               
Johan Jakobsson, Lund University

Image: Tim Kempchen

Overview on talks and events

Bonner Forum Biomedizin provides an overview about talks, seminars, workshops with topics related to "Life and Health". 

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As TRA member, you will have access to TRA funding and opportunities for networking beyond the borders of your own discipline.


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Dr. Meike Brömer

TRA manager | Strategic Development and Quality Assurance Unit

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Molecule boosts fat burning

A study led by the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn has identified a molecule - the purine inosine - that boosts fat burning in brown adipocytes. The mechanism was discovered in mice, but probably exists in humans as well: If a transporter for inosine is less active, the mice remain significantly leaner despite a high-fat diet. The study, which also involved researchers from the University of Leipzig and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, has now been published in the journal Nature.

Dating for researchers at the Bundeskunsthalle

Life and health matter(s): At an exceptional networking event, members of the Transdisciplinary Research Areas "Building Blocks of Matter and Fundamental Interactions" (Matter) and "Life and Health" at the University of Bonn got to know each other and exchanged ideas.

"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". 

Successful spin-off from the University of Bonn and LSI

The British company APIS Assay Technologies Ltd has acquired the University of Bonn's spin-off project Clickmer Systems, which was further developed at the Life Science Inkubator (LSI), for a single-digit million euro sum. The startup is developing clickmers as a synthetic alternative to antibodies that can be utilized in research and medical diagnostics. Clickmers can be used, for example, to detect viral infections, determine vaccination status or detect rejection reactions after organ transplants. The company now wants to bring the innovative products to market quickly so that users can benefit from them in the near future.

Six Transdiciplinary Research Areas of the  University of Bonn

Six TRAs: the research profile of the University of Bonn 

TRA Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems

TRA Building Blocks of Matter and Fundamental Interactions

TRA Individuals, Institutions and Societies

TRA Past Worlds and Modern Questions. Cultures Across Time and Space

TRA Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures

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