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Bavarian Research Associations

Strong research collaborations with experts from politics and industry

Bavarian Research Associations (Bayerische Foschungsverbünde) are research projects which involve researchers at several locations in Bavaria and usually last for three or six years. Research Associations are set up in response to contemporary affairs or as a direct investment in the future to secure Bavaria’s strength in research and industry. They also involve partners from industry who are actively involved in research in addition to providing funding. The private public partnership ensures that the results of the research are quickly put into practice. Public funding is provided by the Bavarian Research Foundation and the Bavarian Ministries, in particular the Bavarian Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts.

Current Research Associations

The main goal of ForIPS is to establish iPS technology which can be used to develop a model of Parkinson’s disease. The process of reprogramming mature body cells to turn them into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) is one of the most innovative developments in biomedicine which has been made in recent years. The first stage is to reprogramme adult cells from a skin sample taken from the patient to create stem cells – that means putting them back in a state of pluripotency. These cells are then matured in a targeted way to form organ-specific cells. The groups working on the ForIPS project are studying brain cells which can be created using iPS from patients with Parkinson’s disease, investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms which cause sporadic Parkinson’s syndrome, and researching new forms of treatment. In order to do this, the researchers reprogramme skin cells from Parkinson’s patients and develop them in a laboratory to form neural cells. Go to website

At the turn of the millennium, central IT systems were often completely isolated or only communicated with other IT systems to a very limited extent. Over the past few years, the boundaries between systems have become more and more flexible or disappeared completely. Complex, customised attacks on IT systems (e.g. Stuxnet, Duqu or Flame) have shown that there is considerable room for misuse and industrial espionage. Current threats highlight the fact that the currently commonplace three-stage IT security process – consisting of separate stages of preliminary protective measures, fighting off attacks, and preserving evidence and post-processing – is not sufficient, as synergies are not fully exploited. FORSEC is taking this as a starting point and combining the three, previously separate parts of the process into a comprehensive, interdisciplinary concept – an integrated security process for connected IT systems. Go to website

Care is a challenging sociopolitical topic in times of increasing globalization and demographic change. Changing gender roles and the question of who provides care for whom are increasingly at the forefront of social debate. Go to website