Current EFI projects
In conjunction with the STAEDTLER Foundation, the FAU EFI initiative makes a decisive contribution to developing strategically important research at FAU. Take a look at current EFI projects.
Paradigm Shifts in Immunomedicine
Development of new and targeted immunomedicine for the most significant widespread diseases that integrates the latest scientific and technological developments in fundamental research, molecular, genetic and pharmacological cell engineering and clinical research and implements these developments in new methods in diagnostics, prevention and therapy for life-threatening diseases.
Biologicalization of Materials Sciences
Fundamental research for process-controlled design of a new class of materials called cellular hybrid materials for use in and on the human body. Hybrid materials such as these are highly significant for applications close to the body and open up a new approach in the current megatrend for the biologicalization of materials sciences and processing.
From the Colonization Mechanisms of Metastasizing Organs to New Systemic Therapies
Tumor metastasis remains responsible for almost 90 percent of all deaths associated with cancer. The researchers in this project are dealing with the questions surrounding the complex metastatic cascade and are investigating which factors are decisive for determining whether the scattered cancer cells stay under control or start forming metastases and what is responsible for the further growth of metastases. The answers to these questions will pave the way for a new generation of therapies for preventing and treating cancer metastases.
Empatho-Kinaesthetic Sensory Systems
Every movement made by a living organism is the result of countless processes inside the body and complicated interactions between these processes. We can observe these internal processes in the movements made by the head, torso and limbs and also the movements on the surface of the body, for example in our facial expressions or as slight twitching under the surface of the skin. The aim is to create sensor technology and gather movement data for the human body. The approach used by EmpkinS could enable several bodily (dys)functions to be recorded simultaneously using non-invasive sensor technology that will be widely and easily available in the future. Specifically, the use of empatho-kinaesthetic sensory systems focuses on medical issues in immunology, neurology and palliative medicine as well as psychological conditions such as depression and stress.