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In a society where people are living longer and longer the Cologne Cluster of Excellence CECAD at the University of Cologne explores the causes of aging processes and aging-associated disorders. read more…

Dementia, diabetes, chronic inflammation, cancer, infection, chronic kidney disease, arteriosclerosis … all medical conditions that become more common with age. read more…

Developing new treatments for aging-associated diseases needs basic scientific research. read more…

Function of Protein “Smallish” Unraveled - Breakthrough after 20 years of research

To make a fully grown organism in the right shape, the forms of many cells need to be changed in a coordinated way. Researchers from the...more


New method for testing drug function - Findings from basic research could facilitate drug development

The research group of Martin Denzel, Principal Investigator at CECAD and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging in...more


DFG supports a new Clinical Research Unit (CRU 329) focusing on disease pathways in podocyte injury

More than 200 million people worldwide suffer from chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Glomerular disorders account for the majority of cases of...more


To differentiate or not to differentiate? Stem cells sense neighbourhood crowding

Human skin is a remarkable organ serving as a barrier protecting us from pathogens, toxic substances and others. Our skin needs to...more


Improving the Neuron Factory – New Modulator of Stem Cell Identity found

Since their discovery in 2006, induced pluripotent stem cells are a glimmer of hope for many diseases. But further research of the complex...more