New revelations about the function of microglial cells in the malignant form of Parkinson's disease Microglia are immune cells found in the brain. They carry out critical functions such as defending against pathogens and eliminating damaged cells. At the same time, they can be harmful to the brain....

The Jakob Herz Prize was awarded for the seventh time on Friday October 7, 2022. The prize is awarded together with the Research Foundation at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen every two years for outstanding scientific achievements from theoretical and clinical medicine. This year’s award winner Prof. Dr. Douglas F. Easton from Cambridge (England), received the Jakob Herz Prize in recognition of his breakthroughs in breast cancer research.

On February 7, the Jakob Herz Prize was awarded to Professor Magdalena Götz at the Lecture Hall Centre for Medicine. Together with the Research Foundation for Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen, the award is presented for outstanding scientific achievements from the entire field of theoretical and clinical medicine. This year's prizewinner, Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz from Munich, received the award in recognition of her groundbreaking discovery that glial cells in the brain not only have a nutritional and supportive function, but also represent a reservoir of stem cells that can still transform into nerve cells in adults.

Prof. Dr. Arnd Dörfler has been nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2019. The nomination recognizes the scientists’ pioneering achievements in the field of research and development. Their success in developing the first ultra high field MRI scanner approved for clinical use is a global breakthrough for precision medicine.

FAU and the Faculty of Medicine welcome another Humboldt award winner to its midst: Biochemist Prof. Berezovski from the University of Ottawa has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award and is using the award to continue his research on so-called ‘synthetic antibodies’ at the Department of Dermatology.

We still do not know exactly what causes chronic inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. A team at the Department of Medicine 3 has now chosen a new approach to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms.

They form a protective sheath around nerve fibres and ensure that nerve impulses are transmitted rapidly: Schwann cells. Dr. Fröb and Prof. Wegner of the Institute of Biochemistry have been researching these cells for years now.

Immune therapy is considered a milestone in the battle against metastasized malignant melanoma. However, these treatments do not work effectively for every patient. Members of the Faculty of Medicine conduct a study to develop new treatment methods in cooperation with external partners. The Stiftung Deutsche Krebshilfe is funding this study.