Macrophages that “gorge themselves” on a certain protein may promote the progression of cancer rather than fight it. PD Dr. Heiko Bruns, immunologist at FAU, discovered this mechanism in connection with bone marrow cancer.

Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) is providing 28 million US dollars in funding for an international research project led by FAU: The non-profit organization will support the cassava source-sink (CASS) project in the next five years to improve the productivity of one of the most important food crops in sub-Saharan Africa.

Until March 8, FAU members can use the Wall of Wishes to share what they would like to see at the University in order for them to feel appreciated and safe. How exactly did the Wall of Wishes come about and what happens to all the wishes written on it? Wiebke Witsch and Melanie Kuch explain this and more in our interview.

Whether by rubbing themselves with ants or eating grass, many species of animal know what to do if they are sick or have parasites, and this is probably also true of bats. How exactly they fight off viruses and bacteria has not yet been investigated. This will now be the subject of research carried out by Matthias Zürl and Julian Deyerler from the Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab in conjunction with researchers from Nuremberg Zoo.

Researchers at the Dr. Karl Remeis Observatory, the Astronomical Institute of the Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) at FAU, used an X-ray telescope to scan the skies for X-ray emitting sources. The consortium has now published the largest catalog of X-ray sources to date sources in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Überla and Prof. Dr. Andrea Kaifie-Pechmann are members in the newly convened Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO). In the next three years, they will both be involved in developing vaccination recommendations for the population in Germany.

The few glaciers in Africa have long since become an important indicator of how rapidly and severely climate change is changing our planet. The ice on the high summits of the continent is rapidly disappearing, Africa may lose its white peaks by the middle of our century.

On 7 March, 2024, the University Library invites you to attend the “Long Night of Writing”. From 4 pm to 11 pm, the Library offers workshops all about writing free of charge. There are also special writing consultations and workshops for international students on offer, some of which are held in English.