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Mobile and fit in old age

Elderly (Image: Veer)Biomedical experts at FAU look for new treatments to prevent muscle loss in senior citizens. As we get older, strength and co-ordination skills deteriorate, our sense of balance disappears and falls become more common. It is commonly believed that this physical degeneration process is inevitable and irreversible. Over the next five years, the European research consortium SPRINTT, which includes a working group led by Prof. Dr. Cornel Sieber from FAU’s Institute for Biomedicine of Ageing (IBA), aims to show that this is not the case. more...

  • Discovering how tectonic plates are recycled off the coast of New Zealand

    The research ship SONNE brought the researchers to the underwater volcanoes in the Pacific. (Image: Bernd Grundmann/GEOMAR)Processes inside the Earth are often difficult for researchers to follow. An international team of researchers including members from Geozentrum Nordbayern at FAU and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel were able to draw conclusions about the movement of submerged tectonic plates at a depth of up to 100 kilometres using samples from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, allowing them to answer questions about the history of the tectonic plates to the north of New Zealand. Their study has recently been published in the international journal Nature Communications. more...

  • FAU researchers investigate new substances to treat depression

  • The antidepressive agent in St John’s wort is to be developed further. (Image: Pimpinellus/Wikimedia Commons)Pharmacists at FAU are looking for new ways to treat depression. The model for these investigations is provided by a well-known medicinal plant, St John’s wort, which contains the antidepressive agent hyperforin that the researchers aim to develop further. The project, which forms part of the European research consortium HYPZITRP, has received 184,000 euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the next three years. more...