Press Releases 2011

A warm welcome to Dr. Lipi Thukral!

Dr. Lipi Thukral is Scientist Research Fellow in Computational Biophysics at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi. She has temporarily joined the group to investigate the mechanical effects of membrane curvature upon the binding of scaffolding proteins. In particular, Dr. Thukral is interested to test the ability of the in-house developed Force Distribution…

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Mini-symposium on “Silk mechanics” @ ECSM, Madrid

We are pleased to announce the upcoming 9th European conference on Solid Mechanics. The conference will be held in Madrid from the 6th to the 9th July and will feature a mini-symposium that is organized by Prof. Gustavo Guinea, Madrid, and us. The symposium will cover the latest advancements of our understanding of spider silk mechanics: a…

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Towards Better Standards for Systems Biology

In the second COMBINE workshop (03.-07.09.2011 in Heidelberg), scientists aim at refining important description standards for systems biology Systems biology brings together experimental and theoretical methods in order to conduct research on entire organ systems. In doing so, the researchers gain data from different sources and in different formats. In order to combine these heterogeneous…

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Blutgerinnung: Forschung mittels Computersimulation und medizinisch angewandter Nanotechnologie

This content is only available in German. Naturwissenschaftler und Mediziner kooperieren in neuer DFG-Forschergruppe Wissenschaftler des Heidelberger Instituts für Theoretische Studien (HITS) und Ärzte der Universitätsmedizin Mannheim (UMM) sind an einer neuen Forschergruppe der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft zur Blutgerinnung beteiligt. Langfristiges Ziel der Zusammenarbeit von Wissenschaftlern aus ganz Deutschland und Linz (Österreich) ist es, die Diagnostik…

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New peptides to fight ovarian cancer drug resistance

Italian and German scientists have designed peptides to target the protein-protein interface of a key enzyme in DNA synthesis crucial for cancer growth. The peptides act by a novel inhibitory mechanism and curb cancer cell growth in drug resistant ovarian cancer cells. The interdisciplinary research project was led by the University of Modena and Reggio…

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One Year of HITS – HITS In the Year 2010

The first Annual Report of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) is now available. It covers computer-aided research, reaching from the discovery of a new molecular mechanism in blood coagulation to the largest ever cosmological simulation. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies took up its work at the beginning of 2010. The Annual Report…

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HITS bei der „UniMeile“ in Heidelberg

This content is only available in German. Das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) ist bei der „UniMeile“ zum 625-jährigen Jubiläum der Universität Heidelberg mit dabei. Am Samstag, 25. Juni 2011, 11 bis 19 Uhr, präsentiert sich das gemeinnützige Forschungsinstitut, das mit der Ruperto Carola vielfältig verbunden ist, den Besuchern in den Hörsälen UGX 60…

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Neue Wege gehen: Ministerin Theresia Bauer besucht das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien

This content is only available in German. Die Entstehung des Universums, reißfeste Spinnenseide, umfangreiche Datenbanken und Proteine in 3D: Über all diese Dinge informierte sich die neue Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer (Grüne) am Freitag, 17. Juni, bei ihrem Besuch des Heidelberger Instituts für Theoretische Studien (HITS). Dort traf sie SAP-Mitgründer und Stifter Klaus Tschira und sprach…

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Das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen – HITS bei „Explore Science“

This content is only available in German. Was haben Moleküle und das Universum gemeinsam? Beide sind mit dem bloßen Auge nicht fassbar, können jedoch mit Hilfe des Computers sichtbar gemacht werden. Mit spannenden Mitmachstationen und Vorträgen präsentiert das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) seine Forschung vom 18. bis 22. Mai bei „Explore Science“, den…

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The Tree of Life – When do Plants spin off new Species?

An international multi-disciplinary research team from Brown University, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, and Yale University has reconstructed the largest evolutionary tree (phylogeny) for plants and learned that major groups of plants tinker with their design and performance before rapidly spinning off new species. The finding upends long-held thinking that plants’ speciation rates are…

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Novel compounds for fighting against parasitic diseases

Parasites of the Trypanosomatidae family cause a number of serious human diseases. Researchers from Italy, Belgium, and Germany have published the identification of novel anti-parasitic compounds targeting an enzyme unique to the parasites. These compounds are promising for the development of drugs with fewer side-effects than current medical treatments. Modena/Brussels/Heidelberg. Trypanosomatid parasites cause diseases like…

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