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Can oxytocin help against loneliness?

Loneliness is not a disease. And yet it is a significant health problem. Depression, heart disease or dementia - people who are permanently lonely have a higher risk of becoming ill. The team led by Dr. Jana Lieberz from the University Hospital Bonn (UKB), who also conducts research at the University of Bonn, and Prof. Dr. Dirk Scheele (Ruhr University Bochum) have investigated how loneliness can be specifically combated. In a controlled study, in which the universities of Oldenburg, Bochum, Freiburg and Haifa (Israel) were also involved, 78 women and men who felt lonely were given the so-called "cuddle hormone" oxytocin as a nasal spray. The effects that the researchers observed could help to alleviate loneliness and its potentially serious consequences in the future. 

Participation in Gaming. A podcast on accessibility, featuring Professor Dr. Adrian Hermann

Accessibility is clearly an issue of increasing importance. Lowered curbs, for example, will make it easier for moms and dads out with a stroller to get around in the city. That also applies to individuals who depend on a wheelchair for mobility. Voice command is another useful technology, which helps blind people, for example, use a smartphone. I can also use speech-to-text technology to dictate a text message, while driving a car, for example.

Restrict Use of “Tipp-Ex Proteins”

Plants have special corrective molecules at their disposal that can make retrospective modifications to copies of genes. However, it would appear that these “Tipp-Ex proteins” do not have permission to work in all areas of the cell, only being used in chloroplasts and mitochondria. A study by the University of Bonn has now explained why this is the case. It suggests that the correction mechanism would otherwise modify copies that have nothing wrong with them, with fatal consequences for the cell. The findings have now been published in “The Plant Journal.”

Sustainability Day 2024 wows University of Bonn students and staff

Less waste generated by the trauma surgery team at the University Hospital, more vegetarian and vegan food in the canteens, research into ultra-resource-efficient products—the Sustainability Day 2024 showcased everything that the University of Bonn is doing to aid the environmental transformation. Students and staff had taken up Team N’s invitation in their droves and came to find out more about sustainability-related initiatives. Besides a wealth of information on the topic, the over 20 stalls set out on the Poppelsdorf Campus also provided a range of hands-on activities that made one thing clear above all else: sustainability is fun!

Providing Information on Expertise

Looking for experts to interview? Who is helping with the research? What is new in science? The University of Bonn is a research university with a strong international focus. Its research and teaching cover the entire range of scientific disciplines, from Anthropology of the Americas to Zoology. That means expertise is available in (almost) all topic areas.

We can help you access a pool of around 6,500 experts in the areas of research, teaching, technology and administration. We help the media by providing contacts in the University that are appropriate for their needs.

We also provide advice to University members on how to contact the media, and help them if the media have already contacted them and they have questions. We help them, for example, with basic knowledge and tips for interviews and TV appearances.

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We send press releases to the media every day, and even more often at times. The topics range from the latest research results all the way to the latest news on studies, teaching and University policy.

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What is the media reporting about the University of Bonn? We provide a daily up-to-date summary, Monday to Friday. 

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The images representing science are as diverse as science itself. We have collected several thousand motifs in our image database.

Contact us if you need science or research photos for your editorial work. Our image pool is also naturally available to all University members for official purposes.

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