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What Determines the Stability of Proteins?

With mathematical methods and computer simulations, Humboldt Fellow Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) is exploring the factors of protein stability – Research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation Since January 2013, Dr. Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) has been working at the Heidelberg Institute for…

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Pia Grzesiak to be new HITS “Journalist in Residence”

This content is only available in German. Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien fördert den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaftsjournalisten und Forschern – TV-Journalistin will die Themen datengetriebener Forschung sichtbar machen Die Fernsehjournalistin Pia Grzesiak wird im April als „HITS Journalist in Residence 2013“ ans Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien kommen. Das Programm ermöglicht Journalistinnen und Journalisten mit…

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Protein origami: Quick folders are the best

The evolutionary history of proteins shows that protein folding is an important factor. Especially the speed of protein folding plays a key role. This was the result of a computer analysis carried out by researchers at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. For almost four billions…

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Small change for a big improvement – halogen bonds and drug discovery

Halogen bonding has been applied in crystal engineering, materials research, and nanotechnology for some time. Scientists from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and the Czech Academy of Science in Prague have now developed a new tool to use halogen bonds for drug discovery applications. Halogen chemistry has been exploited by medicinal chemists for…

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Exploring Drug-Target Interactions

HITS Scientists Participate in a New European Research Project In drug discovery it is often difficult to predict if a potential drug will be effective in humans. Recent studies have shown that the kinetics of the interaction between a drug and its target has a strong influence on the clinical success of a drug.  “Kinetics…

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Publication in “Nature Structural & Molecular Biology”

HITS Researchers participate in a project that reveals the mechanism of molecular chaperones – Publication in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Together with researchers from Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ, Rebecca Wade and Mykhaylo Berynskyy (MCM group) revealed the functional mechanism of molecular chaperones, repair systems for aggregated proteins. Protein aggregation…

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How journalists witness science

This content is only available in German. Der Wissenschaftsjournalist Volker Stollorz über das Verhältnis von Medien und Forschung – öffentliches HITS-Kolloquium am Montag, 22.10.2012, 16.00 Uhr, im Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg „Höheres Krebsrisiko durch Genmais!“ Mit Schlagzeilen wie dieser reagierten die Massenmedien kürzlich auf die Veröffentlichung einer Studie in einer angesehenen Fachzeitschrift. Ist das…

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1.5 Million Grant for HITS Astrophysicist Volker Springel

Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) – 1.5 million Euros for research on dark matter and galaxy formation The astrophysicist Volker Springel is to receive a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Volker Springel heads the Theoretical Astrophysics research group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and holds a…

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Humboldt Fellow Katja Markert Doing Research at HITS

The computational linguist Dr. Katja Markert (University of Leeds) has been staying at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) as a visiting researcher for almost a year with a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Her research into entities in texts benefits the automatic text summarization and information development. Her results will be presented…

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HITS Researcher Alexandros Stamatakis Appointed Professor in Karlsruhe

Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis, head of the Scientific Computing (SCO) research group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been appointed to a new W3 Chair in High Performance Computing in the Life Sciences (Department of Informatics) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). By creating this Chair, KIT intends to strengthen its competencies…

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HITS 2011: Spider Silk, Phylogenetic Trees and Black Holes

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) Annual Report 2011 is out: Data-driven science – New insights into the structure of spider silk, the largest evolutionary tree of flowering plants, atomic-detail enzyme models for drug metabolism and simulations of cosmic structure formation The latest Annual Report 2011 provides insights into the research activities at HITS,…

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