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    Drei Schleifen, die von einem zentralen Knoten ausgehen: So ist das Protein Sclerostin aufgebaut. (Grafik: Thomas Müller)

    All over the world, researchers are working on new treatments for osteoporosis. One potential target is a protein whose structures have now been decoded in detail by scientists from the University of Würzburg. The scientific journal Plos One covers their work in its latest issue.

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    Transkranielle Magnetstimulation in der Neurologischen Klinik: Ein Assistent hält die Spule an den Kopf eines Probanden. (Foto: Berthold Steinhilber)

    People with multiple sclerosis often have problems with their gait. A drug that can help them is unfortunately only effective in fewer than half of patients. Now medics from the Department of Neurology at the University of Würzburg have developed a method for predicting the success of this treatment.

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    So dünn wie eine Lage einer Wundkompresse und dennoch ein Hightech-Produkt: das Gewebe aus biokompatiblen Polymeren, das Jürgen Groll in seinem europaweit einzigartigen Labor produziert. (Foto: Gunnar Bartsch)

    Once again, a highly endowed EU research grant goes to the University of Würzburg. Jürgen Groll conducts research on biomaterials which could usher in new therapeutic approaches in medicine. The European Union is going to fund his work with about two million euros over the coming five years.

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    Krankheitserreger verändern im Menschen die Zellmembranen: Die dreidimensionalen Rekonstruktionen zeigen T-Lymphozyten (links ruhend, rechts durch Erreger aktiviert) mit dem Zellskelett aus Aktin (rot) und mit „geköpften“ Sphingolipiden (grün). (Bi

    Viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens trigger changes to cell membranes in humans in the event of an infection. What exactly happens there will be investigated by a new research group at the universities of Würzburg and Duisburg-Essen. They will receive around two million euros for their work.

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    Physik-Professor Laurens Molenkamp von der Uni Würzburg ist einer der neuen Leibniz-Preisträger. (Foto: Physikalisches Institut)

    With prize money of up to 2.5 million euros, the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation is considered a kind of German Nobel Prize. The recipients have been announced today; among them, as Bavaria’s sole representative, is a physicist from the University of Würzburg.

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