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News Archive 2012 or earlier:
June 2012
The new Heidelberg Research Centre for Molecular Medicine (Opens internal link in current windowHRCMM), part of the Excellence Initiative II ( a programme run by the German federal and state governments) assigns 3 different fellowship opportunities for exceptional medical students and top-level clinicians, who wish to pursue careers in translational medicine: medical students, medical researchers during their advanced fellowship training, and established physicians are encouraged to apply. Details are on our website Opens internal link in current windowJobs and Fellowships. In case of interest contact Andreas Kulozik or Matthias Hentze.
January 2012
Two additional MMPU Group leaders receive Opens external link in new windowERC Advanced Grants: Rohini Kuner, PI of the MMPU group “Chronic Pain” and Matthias Hentze, PI of the MMPU groups “Blood Diseases “ and “ Iron Homeostasis”.  ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
November 2011
Three further groups joined the MMPU: Anne-Claude Gavin (EMBL Heidelberg) and Anthony Ho (Department of Internal Medicine V: Hematology, Oncology and Rheumatology, Heidelberg University Medical Center)  study 
Opens internal link in current window early warning signals of aging, John Briggs (EMBL, Heidelberg) and Hans-Georg Kräusslich (Department of Infectious Diseases, Virology, Heidelberg University Medical Center) look how to interfere with the Opens internal link in current windowassembly and maturation of infectious HIV-1, and Paul Heppenstall (EMBL Monterotondo) and Rohini Kuner (Institute of Pharmacology, Heidelberg University Medical Center) search for Opens internal link in current windowmolecular mediators of chronic pain. The MMPU now consists of eight international teams with more than 70 scientists from across the world. 
August 2011
Two MMPU groups moved into common space provided by the University of Heidelberg, the Initiates file downloadOtto-Meyerhof-Zentrum (OMZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 350. The OMZ was built in 2001 and serves as additional building for medical research groups from the Heidelberg University Medical Center with a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. Otto Meyerhof, a German physician and biochemist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1922 for his work on muscle metabolism.
July 2011
Peer Bork received an ERC Advanced Grant for his proposal ‘Cancerbiome’ which pioneers research into microbial communities associated with cancer. The European Research Council (ERC) is the EU funding body that implements the specific FP7 Programme ‘Ideas’.

June 2011 EMBL&cetera newsletter
From patient to bench and back
Valuable insights presented by members from the 5 research groups and 6 invited guest speakers at the 8th public research day held at the ZMBH.
April 2011 University Hospital Heidelberg press release
Kleinste Nukleinsäurestückchen regulieren Schlüsselhormon des Eisenstoffwechsels
Novel insights into the role of miRNAs .The liver-specific microRNA miR-122 controls hepcidin, the key hormone that regulates systemic iron homeostasis in mice. Work of the group “ Iron Homeostasis”  in collaboration with 2 groups of the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg and from the DKFZ was published in Journal of Clinical Investigations.
April 2011 EMBL press release
What's your gut type?
Bakterien-WG im Darm

Peer Bork, EMBL, co-heading the MMPU group “Cancer Early Detection”, and his collaborators in the international MetaHIT consortium, have found that humans harbour three different types of gut microbial communities. The story, published in Nature, has been covered by far more than 100 newspapers around the world, for example in the Opens external link in new windowNew York Times.
February 2011, EMBL press release
Blood-clotting protein linked to cancer and septicaemia
Scientists of the group " Diseases of mRNA metabolism" have discovered how stressed cells boost the production of the key blood-clotting factor, thrombin. Their work, published in Molecular Cell, shows how cancer cells may be taking advantage of this process, and opens new possibilities for fighting back against cancer and septicaemia.
December 2010, EMBL&cetera newsletter
Perspectives for Translational Medicine in Heidelberg
The MMPU contributed to the 625 year celebrations of Heidelberg University by organizing a special one day symposium to build bridges between medicine and molecular research to strengthen state-of-the-art translational medicine.
17 November 2010 Press Release University Hospital Heidelberg
Symposium Translationale Medizin: vom Labor zum Patienten - ein Brückenschlag von der Grundlagenforschung in die Klinik.
June 2010, EMBL&cetera newsletter
Feet of strength
MMPU 4U – 4 MMPU PIs participated at the Heidelberg Half- Marathon. “Feet of strength” were needed to run Heidelberg’s grueling hills and dales.

December 2009, EMBL&cetera newsletter
Open doors at the MMPU

The 5th public Research Day took place at the new Advanced Training Centre (ATC) at EMBL. Members of each group as well as one guest speaker presented their recent findings.

2 August 2009, EMBL press release
Scientists open doors to diagnosis of emphysema 
Work by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and its Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU) with the University of Heidelberg, Germany, has shed new light on the underlying disease process of emphysema using a technique which could in future be adapted for use in diagnosis.

12 August 2009, Pressemitteilung Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Bessere Überwachung von Bronchitis und Lungenüberblähung / Heidelberger Wissenschaftler von Universitätsklinikum und EMBL veröffentlichen in Nature Chemical Biology 
Heidelberger Wissenschaftler haben im Tiermodell einen neuen diagnostischen Test für Lungenerkrankungen wie chronische Bronchitis und Lungenüberblähung (Emphysem) entwickelt, der in Zukunft auch am Menschen eingesetzt werden kann.

7 July 2009, EMBL press release
Scientists identify cholesterol-regulating genes
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have come a step closer to understanding how cholesterol levels are regulated. 


7 July 2009, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft 
Neue Gene für die Regulation des Cholesterin-Stoffwechsels
Wissenschaftler des Universitätsklinikums Heidelberg und des Europäischen Molekularbiologischen Labors (EMBL) sind dem Verständnis der Regulation des Cholesterinspiegels einen großen Schritt näher gekommen.

June 2009, EMBL&cetera newsletter
Biology goes green

The Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU) of EMBL and Heidelberg University has uncovered the first step in the recycling of a crucial molecular tag that ensures correct translation, helping protect against genetic diseases.
16 April 2009, FAZ.NET
Lebenswächter am seidenen Faden 
Zellen müssen sehr genau und zugleich ökonomisch arbeiten, wollen sie über Generationen hinweg ihre Aufgaben fehlerfrei erfüllen können.

February 2006, EMBL&cetera Newsletter
Initiates file downloadThree new groups strengthen research/medicine links
18 July 2005, Joint Press Release EMBL / University of Heidelberg
Initiates file downloadPartnerschaftseinheit Molekularmedizin jetzt in zweiter Phase 
Initiates file downloadMolecular Medicine Partnership Unit initiates second phase
15 May 2003, Nature article
Initiates file downloadThe Muenster match 
25 January 2002, EMBL Press Release
Initiates file downloadNeue Forschungseinheit in der Universitätskinderklinik / EMBL 
New research unit established between Heidelberg University Clinic and EMBL


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