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FAU: An important new insight into inflammatory bowel disease

The messenger substance which can cause chronic inflammation is produced in the intestinal tissue in the Th9 cells, shown here in red and green. (Image: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen)Researchers at the Department of Medicine 1 at FAU have identified the messenger substance interleukin 9 (IL9) as a trigger for inflammation in chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and shown that it is produced by a specific group of white blood cells. This insight could pave the way for a new form of treatment for bowel diseases. The study has recently been published in the journal ‘Nature Immunology’. more...

  • Calculating for energy reform

    This figure shows an example of a colour image of a model liver.The last nuclear power plants in Germany will be decommissioned in 2022. However, by then, it will not be possible to meet all of the country’s electricity requirements using wind and solar energy. This means that gas will play a crucial role as an energy source over the coming decades. But how can the German gas network be prepared for the growing demand? Mathematicians at FAU and several partner institutions from across Germany are currently investigating this in a large-scale research project. The German Research Foundation will fund the Transregio 154 ‘Mathematical modelling, simulation and optimisation using the example of gas networks’ with around seven million euros over the next four years. more...

  • Research alliance for energy systems of the future

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske, President of FAU and Klaus Helmrich, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of Siemens AG (Image: FAU/Erich Malter)Siemens and FAU will cooperate in the future to conduct research in sustainable, affordable and reliable energy systems. The alliance aims to develop innovative systems that will remain competitive in the constantly changing energy environment and make a substantial contribution to the success of Germany’s energy transition. more...