August 2018

Neurosciences meets literature

The Medicines of today are the drugs of tomorrow

This year at the 18th International Literature Festival in Berlin, ECN member Prof. Dr. Christoph Stein talks with Harald Staun about "The medicines of today are the drugs of tomorrow". The event will take place in the special series "The Politics of Drugs".

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Presynapses come in a packet – Berlin Scientists Identify the Components and Architecture of Neuronal Contact Sites

Synapses are the interfaces for information exchange between neurons. Teams of scientists working with Professor Dr. Volker Haucke, Director at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, and Professor Dr. Stephan Sigrist at the Freie Universität Berlin discovered the materials, which form new presynapses for the release of transmitters. The findings may help to design better nerve-regenerating therapies in the future.

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Stress during pregnancy increases risk of mood disorders for female offspring

A study in Biological Psychiatry examines the effects of maternal cortisol levels on brain connectivity and behavior in offspring.

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A molecular switch may serve as new target point for cancer and diabetes therapies

If certain signaling cascades are misregulated, diseases like cancer, obesity and diabetes may occur. A mechanism recently discovered by scientists at the Leibniz- Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin and at the University of Geneva has a crucial influence on such signaling cascades and may be an important key for the future development of therapies against these diseases.

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Two highly funded grants from the European Research Council

ERC Starting Grants for behavioral biologist and neuroscientist of Freie Universität Berlin
The behavioral biologist PD Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild and neuroscientist Dr. med. Radoslav Cichy of Freie Universität Berlin won a European Reasearch Council Starting Grant (ERC).

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