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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


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