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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.

  • People with sensitive teeth are all too familiar with the painful sensation they experience as soon as they start eating ice cream. The cold thermoreceptor TRPC5 is responsible for sensitivity to cold temperatures in teeth. This is what an international team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Katharina Zimmerman has now discovered.

  • The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding two new research groups at FAU – one in astrophysics and another in photonics. The DFG is setting up a total of nine research groups and one clinical research group that are set to receive a total of around 41 million euros in funding.

  • Fighting cancer without damaging healthy cells is the aim of the search for new treatments for cancer. An international team of researchers at FAU has now developed prodrugs that inhibit the growth of cancer cells and do not affect healthy cells.

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