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Concept of Bioinformatics group at the BIOTEC chosen for BMBF-Programm ?ForMaT?


The concept 'CLSD - Computational Life Science Lab Dresden' of the Bioinformatics group of Michael Schroeder at the BIOTEC was chosen together with 12 other concepts for the BMBF-Programm ?ForMaT?. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research program ?ForMaT? (research for the market with a team) is supporting research teams in East-German universities to develop faster application from basic research. The interdisciplinary research teams will be working on concrete marketing strategies and will be supported by a business economist. In the next two years, the chosen projects are granted 20 million Euro. The Vision of 'CLSD - Computational Life Science Lab Dresden' at the BIOTEC is to develop an integrative complete solution for the research of active ingredients. This solution aims at supporting and optimizing the whole workflow of academic and industrial researchers. Find more information on the website of the BMBF.

VolkswagenStiftung Grant: 700.000 Euro for 'Molecular Engines? - project


The joint project 'Towards molecular engines: cooperative coupling of molecular motors in engineered environments' was granted 700.000 Euro by the VolkswagenStiftung.
At the joint project are participating Stefan Diez from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Petra Schwille at the BIOTEC, Frank Jülicher of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, and Henry Hess of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida, USA. The project goal is to interconnect bimolecular motors, like Kinesin, in large-scale arrays in order to create forces that are observable by the naked eye (macroscopic).

Find more information on the website of the VolkswagenStiftung.

The ninth window of the Johannstädter advent calendar...


... will be opened in the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden on December 9, 2008. Interested people can find answers to the question "What is bioinformatics?" at 4.30 pm. From December 1 to 24, each window of the Johannstädter advent calendar opens doors to institutions in the Johannstadt that are normally closed for citizens.

?Zukunft Biomedizin? seminar series for Dresdner Seniorenakademie


In the winter term 2008/09 of the Dresdner Seniorenakademie, the CRTD offers together with the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden for the first time its own seminar series. In November and December 2008, as well as in February and March 2009 interested seniors can participate in the seminars at any one time from 2:50 to 4:20 pm in the Biotechnology Center, Tatzberg 47/49 and discuss with the scientists.

Talks in the winter term in BIOTEC / CRTD

  • ?Biophysik ? Die Analyse einzelner Moleküle in lebenden und künstlichen Biosystemen? November 5, 2008 , Dr. Thomas Weidemann

  • ?Kommunikation in der Zelle: Zelluläre Netzwerke? December 9, 2008, Dr. Andreas Beyer

  • ?Hirntraining? February 10, 2009, Prof. Dr. Gerd Kempermann

  • ?Von Stammzellen zu einer 'neuen' Regenerativen Medizin: Forschung am Zentrum für Regenerative Therapien in Dresden? March 3, 2009, Prof. Dr. Michael Brand

New EU project coordinated by Andreas Beyer from the BIOTEC investigates the effect of genetic variation on cellular stress response


A new EU project, coordinated by Andreas Beyer of the BIOTEC together with the Eurpean Project Center of the TU Dresden is starting October 1st, 2008. The EU supports this three year project with almost ? 2.5 million. The project "PhenOxiGEn" is addressing the relation of genetic variation and mechanisms that regulate oxidative stress responses of a cell. A cell?s survival depends on its ability to mount a successful stress response when challenged by damages from the environment. In humans, oxidative stress is known to be involved in aging, cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s disease among others. These diseases are caused by a complex interplay between lifestyle and our individual genomes. Hence, not everybody is equally likely to develop such disease. Many genetic variations associated with complex diseases have been identified in the past. However, we often do not know how these variations affect the genesis of a disease. The projects aim is to extend the knowledge of the genetic factors controlling stress responses. Further partners are Jürg Bähler from the University College London, Christopher Workman from the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby and Ruedi Aebersold from the ETH Zurich.

You can find more information about "PhenOxiGEn" on the project website.

German Conference on Bioinformatics for the first time in Dresden


More than 270 researchers discussed their latest research on computational biology from September 9-12, 2008 at the German Conference on Bioinformatics, which was held in Dresden for the first time. In 28 talks and 112 posters, participants presented their research in genetics, gene expression analysis, biomolecule structures, and image analysis. One focus was on innovative analysis methods for High-Throughput data. Oron Vanunu from Tel Aviv, for example, introduced a new approach to identify disease-causing genes based on genome-wide genotyping data. Anke Busch earned the best poster award with her poster "IntaRNA: Efficient Target Prediction Incorporating Accessibility of Target Sites". The main organizers of the conference, Andreas Beyer and Michael Schroeder from the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of the TU Dresden, were supported by Bianca Habermann and Pavel Tomancak from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden and Andreas Deutsch from the TU Dresden. Apart from the scientific program, the conference opened up for the general public: 150 people came to listen to the talk "Die Würde der Person im Zeitalter des Genomchips" of Jens Reich. The organizers want to thank all sponsors of the conference, especially the European Life Scientist Organization (ELSO), the Klaus Tschira Foundation gGmbH, and the DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V. The next German Conference on Bioinfomatics will be held in Halle in 2009.

International Advanced Confocal Microscopy Course from Leica 2008 in Dresden


Following last years? success, Leica Microsystems CMS in Mannheim, Germany offers in Cooperation with the DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) from September 16-19, 2008 the ?International Advanced Confocal Microscopy Course?. Leica confocal users from all over the world will have the opportunity to gain insight and know-how in advanced confocal microscopy techniques. Leica confocal application experts will give insight to methods and possibilities in confocal microscopy with introductory lectures and a main focus on practical sessions. The course is limited to 18 participants and will take place in the Biotchnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden. For the full program and registration see the Leica website.

Long Night of Science in the CRTD and BIOTEC


A diverse program with 15 different highlights for adults and children was presented to visitors during the 6th Dresden Long Night of Science on July 4, 2008 in the CRTD, the Biotechnology Center, and the BioInnovationCenter. More than 1000 visitors came from 6pm to 1am to look over the shoulders of our researchers. Among others, visitors could explore different light microscopes, proteins in 3D, regeneration in zebrafish, and the development of neural cells in the adult brain. Two companies in the building (Cenix Bioscience and Jado Technologies) introduced their research for new drugs to the public. The littlest visitors also discovered zebrafish babies and fruit flies in a special kids' tour.

Long Night of Science July 4, 2008 in the CRTD and BIOTEC


The CRTD and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden open their doors on July 4, 2008 for the Long Night of Science (6. Dresdner Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) to interested members of the public. Everyone is invited to visit our institute and find out about the research in the BIOTEC and CRTD as well as about the work in some companies located the BioInnovation Center. You can tour the building, visit different stations, or watch a film about stem cells. For children, there will be a special kids-tour and kids-corner from 18.00-22.00. Snacks and drinks will be offered by the canteen. Please find the detailed program here.

Long Night of Science

B CUBE - New center for innovation competence at the TU Dresden


The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has approved the <nobr>B CUBE</nobr> proposal to set up a Center of Innovation Competence in Molecular Bioengineering in Dresden. The <nobr>B CUBE</nobr> initiative will be funded for a period of five years.

The Saxon Minister of Science, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, congratulated: "The TU Dresden now has the chance to build up Molecular Bioengineering next to the strength in biomedicine as another strong piller of biotechnology in Dresden. This is a sign of research excellence and successful focus"

The rector of the TU Dresden, Professor Hermann Kokenge, also takes this as further proof that bundling the university's biotechnology competence, for example with the profile of Regenerative Medicine and Molecular Bioengineering, is the right approach for the TU Dresden. "We are correct in supporting the particularly productive areas within the university. Following the success of biotechnology in the recent federal and regional excellence initiatives, I view the decision of the BMBF today as further confirmation of our research strategy. The ZIK B CUBE will serve to bring the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) even closer to other successful biotechnology research branches within the TUD."

Nature offers an enormous arsenal of functional systems and properties that could answer a wide range of unmet technological needs. The B CUBE team seeks to develop new materials and technologies based on the model of nature. To achieve these goals, B CUBE aims to establish a new engineering discipline by combining complimentary fields such as biology, nanobiotechnology and engineering.

Prof. Michael Brand appointed to ?Innovationsbeirat? of Saxony


Thirteen leaders in science, economy, unions and culture constitute the newly created ?Innovationsbeirat? (Innovation council) of the State of Saxony, among them CRTD and BIOTEC director Prof. Dr. Michael Brand. The council will advise the state government on Innovation policy issues. This was announced today by the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs and Labor Thomas Jurk and the Saxon State Minister of Science and the Fine Arts, Dr. Eva Maria Stange. Read the press release of the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labor here.


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