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Thorsten Hoppe: The protein “CHIP” unfurls anti-aging activity

21.04.2017 | Category: TopNews

Researchers at the universities of Cologne and Bonn uncover the link between protein aggregation and aging Not only does our way of life determine how long we live but so too does our genetic material. Of particular importance...more


Three Scientists on Aging win ERC Grants for Cologne

07.04.2017 | Category: TopNews

Three Max Planck Scientists and members of CECAD will receive this year the highest personal award that the European Union can award to researchers. With this decision, the European Research Council (ERC) supports the...more


Natalia Kononenko in Nature Communications: A New Role for Autophagosomes in Neurodegeneration

07.04.2017 | Category: TopNews

Autophagosomes are at the center of attention, at least since the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded for research on autophagy in 2016. The much talked about autophagosomes are small membrane vesicles in charge of waste...more


Björn Schumacher publishes thesis paper: New therapies must adress aging itself

05.04.2017 | Category: TopNews

Without winning against aging diseases, Björn Schumacher, CECAD-PI and president of the German Association for Aging Research, sees no future for our society. Only when the health problems of an aging society are solved, the...more


New publication: Mitochondrial protease PARL mediates the processing of the cell death regulator Smac

23.03.2017 | Category: TopNews

Mitochondria are central metabolic organelles that regulate cell death pathways through releasing death-promoting proteins such as cytochrome c and Smac. The group of Thomas Langer has now found that the mitochondrial protease...more


Genome-based diets maximise growth, fecundity, and lifespan

15.03.2017 | Category: TopNews

A moderate reduction in food intake, known as dietary restriction, protects against multiple ageing-related diseases and extends life span, but can also supress growth and fertility. A research group from the Max Planck Institute...more


New publication by Nirmal Robinson: How pathogens escape the immune system

02.03.2017 | Category: TopNews

The bacterium Salmonella enterica causes gastroenteritis in humans and is one of the leading causes of food borne infectious diseases. Thereby, the germ is able to trick the immune system. Researchers from the Cluster of...more


Publication by Ivan Matic: DNA repair - a new letter in the cell alphabet

16.02.2017 | Category: TopNews

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins” to the damaged parts within the DNA. To do this, an elaborate protein...more


New publication: How the brain reacts to obesity

16.02.2017 | Category: TopNews

Why does obesity make us sick? What is the reaction of the brain to being overweight? A group of nerve cells in the brain is now suspected to contribute to impaired metabolism in obese mice. A team of researchers from CECAD and...more


Expert in Aging Research from Cologne is Treading New Paths: Thorsten Hoppe was doing a Sabbatical at Columbia University, New York

30.01.2017 | Category: TopNews

Every seven semesters, German university professors have the chance to focus fully on their research – something that is not always easy in the everyday life of a university. Professor Thorsten Hoppe from CECAD, the Cluster of...more


New publication by Sandra Iden: Keeping Skin Cancer in Check

23.01.2017 | Category: TopNews

Keeping Skin Cancer in Check: How the environment influences the tumor Malignant melanoma is the fastest-growing type of cancer and the most fatal skin disease. Sandra Iden and her team at the Cluster of Excellence on Aging...more


New publication by Sara Wickstroem: Reprogrammable skin stem cells in a test-tube

20.12.2016 | Category: TopNews

New system could reduce number of animal experiments Wounds need to heal and dead hairs need to be replaced. Responsible for this are the so-called hair follicle stem cells in our skin. These stem cells can mature into all the...more


New publication by Alvaro Rada-Iglesias: Epigenomic-based identification of major cell identity regulators

19.12.2016 | Category: TopNews

The research group of Dr. Alvaro Rada-Iglesias (Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) and CECAD, University of Cologne, Germany) has recently implemented a novel, simple and universal approach that enables the functional...more


Live long and prosper - but how? Rudolf Wiesner on health and aging in the Kölner Stadtanzeiger

16.12.2016 | Category: TopNews

Is there a way to live long and healthy? Which role do mitochondria play? In this recent article from the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Rudolf Wiesner talks about the current state of science on aging. You can find a pdf in German here.more


Defining immortality of stem cells to identify novel anti-aging mechanisms

28.11.2016 | Category: TopNews

With age, somatic cells such as neurons lose their ability to maintain the quality of their protein content. Pluripotent stem cells, on the contrary, do not age and have increased mechanism to maintain the integrity of their...more


SFB 829 receives funding for four more years

23.11.2016 | Category: TopNews

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 829 “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Skin Homeostasis” has successfully renewed its consortium and will receive a further four years of funding by the German Research Foundation...more


New Publication: Solving the puzzle of necroptosis

07.11.2016 | Category: TopNews

Cells can die in many ways. Apoptosis is a regulated cell death process that ensures the orderly disassembly and removal of the dying cell. Necroptosis is a more recently identified cell death pathway that results in the release...more


New Publication: Keeping skin integrity: Par polarity matters

31.10.2016 | Category: TopNews

The skin is confronted with various environmental stimuli and exhibits a remarkable pool of stem cells and differentiated cells to face these challenges. A team of scientists based at CECAD in Cologne and led by Sandra Iden...more


Publication in Nature Communications: Of fly, mouse and man – uncovering TOR signaling as evolutionary conserved pathway in wound healing and skin damage responses

27.10.2016 | Category: TopNews

The research team led by Sabine Eming, Dermatologist at the University Hospital of Cologne and Principal Investigator at the CMMC and CECAD Cologne, identified unique functions of target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling in skin...more

mTOREKO mutants fail to form a stratified and protective epidermis. mTORC1 is activated during epidermal embryogenesis in controls but downstream targets such as S6 are attenuated in mTORC1EKO mice.

Publication in Nature Communications: New hope for better wound healing

10.10.2016 | Category: TopNews

Diabetics often have to contend with wounds that heal poorly. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the CMMC, the CECAD Excellence Cluster and the Institute of Genetics of the University of Cologne have...more

Time-lapse of a wound healing in Drosophila (from left to right): After removal of the nucleus (in yellow) the cell membrane (in pink) seals off the gap caused by the wound.

Björn Schumacher on alpha-Campus Talks: Secrets of Aging

04.10.2016 | Category: TopNews

How does the aging body react to genome damage? With a better understanding of the the causes of aging, we could prevent aging associated diseases and live healthy longer. Björn Schumacher gives insights in the research here (in...more


New publication: A new switch decides between genome repair and death of cells

27.09.2016 | Category: TopNews

One of the most important decisions a cell has to make is a matter of life and death: can damage be repaired or is it better to undergo cellular suicide to prevent further harm? In a cascade of a so far poorly understood...more


Prof. Bernhard Schermer wins Franz-Volhard-Prize

22.09.2016 | Category: TopNews

The Franz-Volhard-Prize awarded by the German Society of Nephrology is given to outstanding scientists working on kidney diseases. This year, Prof. Schermer was awarded for his research on the pathogenesis of cystic kidney...more


David Vilchez wins Alumni of Excellence award by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine

20.09.2016 | Category: TopNews

Vilchez obtained his PhD in Barcelona 2008. Now he was honored for his research and for winning a prestigious ERC-starting grant. Congratulations! More information can be found here.more


Branko Zevnik selected as ad hoc Specialist (Site Visitor) for AAALAC International.

30.08.2016 | Category: TopNews

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. More than 950 companies, universities, hospitals,...more


Thorsten Hoppe: Unveiling the secrets of Aging

15.08.2016 | Category: TopNews

Thorsten Hoppe was recently interviewed and visited by the German newspaper Kölnische Rundschau. Here is the link to the online article:...more


Dr. Michael Lammers receives Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation

01.08.2016 | Category: TopNews

CECAD and Emmy Noether Group leader Dr. Michael Lammers has been awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Michael Lammers and his team explore how protein function can be regulated by diverse...more


Johanna Wanka visits CECAD and Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

22.07.2016 | Category: TopNews

As part of her summer tour "The future of growing old" the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, will visit selected research locations throughout Germany. During her visit to the Max Planck...more


Stem cells feel the force - New publication in Nature Cell Biology

12.07.2016 | Category: TopNews

A team of scientists led by Sara Wickström, Principal Investigator at CECAD, the Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases at the University of Cologne, gained new insights into how stem...more


New SFB 1218 at CECAD receives funding for next four years

07.06.2016 | Category: TopNews

Mitochondria play an important role in cells for the production of energy. Latest findings suggest that their role is more complex than previously thought. Therefore, their physiological integration in the surrounding of cells is...more


Björn Schumacher at the NRW-Fortschrittslecture in Berlin

06.06.2016 | Category: TopNews

On Monday, 30th of May 2016 Prof. Björn Schumacher, Principal Investigator at CECAD, Prof. Christiane Woopen, managing director of ceres and TV host Bettina Böttinger discussed with 200 participants what is important for an...more


International Team Led by the Researcher on Aging Aleksandra Trifunovic from Cologne Wins Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action worth 3.9 Million Euros

03.06.2016 | Category: TopNews

Aleksandra Trifunovic, Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence CECAD, will coordinate the REMIX project (REgulation of MItochondrial gene eXpression), an Innovation Training Network funded under the highly competitive...more


Travel Grants for PostDocs and PhD-students

03.06.2016 | Category: TopNews

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Apply now for CECAD Cologne Short Course on “Entrepreneurial Introductory Translational Research (EITR)”

18.05.2016 | Category: TopNews

Date: June 27- July 1, 2016Venue: CECAD Research Center, Cologne/ Clinical Trials Center (CTC) Cologne, GermanyWho can apply: We are seeking 15 students (Master, PhD or an equivalent degree in Biology, (Bio)chemistry, Medicine or...more


Hans Christian Reinhardt, Principal Investigator at CECAD wins Theodor-Frerich-Prize

12.04.2016 | Category: TopNews

His cancer research about KRAS-Genes (Kirsten Rat Sarcoma-Genes) was honored by the German Society for Internal Medicin (DGIM). The prize is endowed with 30.000€ DGIM´s press release can be found here. Here´s a link to a recent...more


Deutsche Welle podcast produced at the 2nd Cologne Ageing Conference

12.04.2016 | Category: TopNews

During the 2nd Cologne Ageing Conference the Deutsche Welle produced a new episode of the Spectrum-podcast. The results and the podcast "Spectrum: Fountain of youth - turning back the ageing clock" can be found here.more


Björn Schumacher on the SWR1 radio station (german)

12.04.2016 | Category: TopNews

On tuesday, 5th of April 2016 Björn Schumacher was interviewed for the german radio station SWR1. Topic of the talk was "On our way to a Methusalah-society? We have never been as old as today". More information and a...more


2nd Cologne Ageing Conference

03.04.2016 | Category: TopNews

April 3-5, 2016.


5th CECAD/MPI PhD and Postdoc Retreat on March 3 - 4, 2016 in Trier

31.03.2016 | Category: TopNews

In March of this year the junior scientists of CECAD again left Cologne for their fifth CECAD PhD/PostDoc retreat. This time, the retreat was in the beautiful Roman city of Trier, in Rhineland-Palatinate. Activities included two...more


March 15, 2016: Warburg Lecture Series & Author Workshop

04.03.2016 | Category: TopNews, Calendar

Professor Nikolaus Pfanner from the University of Freiburg, recipient of Otto Warburg Medal 2015: Mitochondrial machineries for import and assembly of proteins Program Registrationmore


Graduate School: Apply now!

20.02.2016 | Category: TopNews

The online application for 12 fully funded PhD student positions at the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research is now available!

Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research

David Vilchez receives “Alumni of Excellence Award”

16.02.2016 | Category: TopNews

David Vilchez receives the first "Alumni of Excellence" from IRB Barcelona more...more


Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld receives ERC Starting Grant

16.02.2016 | Category: TopNews

Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld, a research group leader at CECAD and the Max-Planck Institute for Metabolism Research was awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2015. Dr. Kornfeld’s research centers around...more


Exzellenzinitiative hat ihr wichtigstes Ziel erreicht und soll fortgesetzt werden

02.02.2016 | Category: TopNews

Exzellenzinitiative hat ihr wichtigstes Ziel erreicht und soll fortgesetzt werden – teilweise noch Nachholbedarf: Internationale Expertenkommission stellt ihren Bericht vor hiermore


February 10, 2016: alpha-Forum with Prof. Björn Schumacher

02.02.2016 | Category: TopNews

Wednesday, February 10, 2016: alpha-Forum with Prof. Björn Schumacher, President of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Alternsforschung" and Director of CECAD mehr Infos...more


Thorsten Hoppe erhält Max-Delbrück-Preis 2016

26.01.2016 | Category: TopNews

Der CECAD-Wissenschaftler Prof. Thorsten Hoppe erhält den Max-Delbrück-Preis der Universität zu Köln 2016, der exzellente Wissenschaftler für ihre herausragenden Leistungen in den letzten fünf Jahren ehrt. Prof. Thorsten Hoppe...more


CMMC/CECAD scientist Alvaro Rada-Iglesias discovered novel regulator for stem cell development

12.01.2016 | Category: TopNews

Very early during development, pluripotent cells within mammalian embryos need to undertake a major cell fate decision and become specified towards either the perishable soma or the immortal germline.  Despite its relevance,...more


David Vilchez received ERC Starting Grant

13.11.2015 | Category: TopNews

David Vilchez, a junior group leader of the CECAD Cluster of Excellence Cologne, was very successful in receiving one of the highly coveted ERC Starting Grants worth up to 1.5 million Euros. In the past years only 10- 15 percent...more


Nobel Prize in Chemistry: the Importance of Aging Research

13.10.2015 | Category: TopNews

This year's Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded for new results in the research of aging. PI Björn Schumacher was mentioned in these articles, being asked about his opinion of the importance of basic clinical research and...more


University Hospital Cologne: Introducing ourselves.

28.09.2015 | Category: TopNews

The CECAD Research Center is located on the campus of the University Hospital Cologne, giving CECAD scientists the opportunity to collaborate closely with doctors and researchers of the University Hospital. Patients benefit from...more