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Research, discover, invent – lateral thinking is welcome

FAU is a full-spectrum university with a long tradition of research. Over 250 degree programmes and long-standing partnerships with international research institutions such as Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Helmholtz give staff and students the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own subjects, network with others and consider research questions from different perspectives. FAU encourages its members to think in every direction – above all laterally! This diversity makes FAU one of Germany’s leading research universities.

  • Human geneticists at FAU have identified an enzyme deficiency as the trigger for generalised pustular psoriasis, a particularly severe form of psoriasis. The results of the study, which have been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, could lead to new possibilities for treatment.

  • Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen have developed a new bouldering psychotherapy approach. Following on from the pilot study, the follow-up study has also shown that bouldering psychotherapy is considerably more effective than physical exercise alone and at least as effective as behavioural therapy.

  • FAU is a partner of the ‘Global Market Leaders Innovation Day’ initiative run by the German financial magazine WirtschaftsWoche, which is to be held in Erlangen on 8 September 2020. Renowned researchers and young talents from FAU will present their research and ideas on the main focal topic ‘energy and climate’.