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This prestigious distinction has been awarded to five scientists from the University of Würzburg this year. The five faculty members and one researcher honoured as "Citation Laureate" are among the most frequently cited and hence most influential authors in their fields of research.

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Dorothea Fiedler

Her career path took her from Würzburg via California to Berlin where Dorothea Fiedler heads the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology. She considers her children to be a great contrast to the world of science.

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[Translate to Englisch:] Blick in ein Labor

The University of Würzburg is awarded a new Collaborative Research Centre and is the partner in a second CRC which will focus on the fundamentals of biofabrication and the immune response after stem cell therapy, respectively.

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Anne Böckler-Raettig, head of the Emmy Noether Research Group "More than meets the eye" at the JMU. (Foto: Daniel Peter)

Psychologists from the University of Würzburg want to study direct eye contact in more detail. Professor Anne Böckler-Raettig has set up an Emmy Noether Research Group for this purpose.

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Synaptic disorder

10/30/2017
Electron microscope image of synaptic vesicles in the axon terminals of reference motor neurons (left) and Plekhg5-deficient motor neurons (right) at 100,000x magnification. Dysfunctional synaptic vesicles that are degraded in healthy individuals accumula

A Würzburg research team describes a hitherto unknown pathogenic mechanism of motor neuron disorders. This should lead to a rethinking in drug development.

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receptors (green) and G proteins (magenta) at the surface of a living cell

Using a revolutionary live-cell microscopy technique, an international team of scientist has observed for the first time individual receptors for hormones and widely used drugs at work in intact cells.

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Cells under a microscope

Myc proteins play an important role when cells become cancerous. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have studied just how they do this. They might thus open up ways to develop new therapies.

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Quinoa leaf with typical salt bladders.

The quinoa plant might serve as a model for making other crops salt-tolerant. It grows well on saline soils because the excess salt is simply dumped into special bladders on its leaves.

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JMU flags. (Photo: Daniel Peter)

A great success for the University of Würzburg in the first round of the Excellence Strategy: expert committee approves three draft proposals for Excellence Clusters in the fields of physics, chemistry and medicine.

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Attention, collision ahead! What's true for rugby players also applies to pedestrians talking a walk in the city – and can now be calculated. (Photo: Fanny Schertzer / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

How do pedestrians behave in a large crowd? How do they avoid collisions? How can their paths be modelled? A new approach developed by mathematicians from Würzburg and Nice provides answers to these questions.

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Dr. Elmar Wolf

One specific gene is overexpressed in many human tumours. This particular gene is the centre of Elmar Wolf’s research activities. The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded him a "Starting Grant" worth €1.5 million for this purpose.

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People suffering from a fear of heights experience the anxiety also in virtual reality – even though they are aware that they are not really in a dangerous situation. (Photo: VTPlus)

It is possible to unlearn fears. And this works even better when a specific region of the brain has previously been stimulated magnetically. This has been shown by researchers from the Würzburg University Hospital in a new study.

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JMU's main building. (Photo: Daniel Peter)

The prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities – as one of four Bavarian and 15 German universities.

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