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Source: German research community on topics of networks on pancreas cancer to a Catholic in the Federal Republic of Germany a Total of around 17 million euros for first funding period

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is establishing three new research groups and a new clinical research group. This was decided by the DFG’s main committee on the recommendation of the Senate in a written procedure. The committee meetings, which were originally scheduled for late March, could not take place as usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is why decisions were staggered and made in written circulation. The new groups will receive a total of around 17 million euros, including a 22 percent program fee for indirect costs from the projects. The maximum funding period for research groups whose application sketches have been submitted since October 1, 2018 is twice four years. This applies to two of the newly established research groups. Applications based on sketches received before October 1, 2018 will be funded with a two-year term, and in addition to the four institutions, it has been decided to extend eight research groups for a second funding period. Research groups enable scientists to address current and pressing questions in their fields and to establish innovative work directions. Clinical research groups are also characterized by the close connection between scientific and clinical work. The DFG currently supports a total of 159 research groups and 18 clinical research groups. The four new groups in detail (in alphabetical order of the universities of the speakers) are investigating scientists from computer science and mathematics in the research group “Algorithms, Dynamics, and Information Flow in Networks ”the basics of networks. They analyze real-world and virtual networks, including infection processes, computer networks and social networks on the Internet. The focus is on the mathematical analysis and modeling of networks with the aim of better understanding open questions about the dynamics and algorithmic controllability of networks and thus creating the transition from the mathematical foundations to the use of efficient algorithms and models. (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martin Hoefer, University of Frankfurt / Main) In the case of pancreatic cancer, the chances of survival are very low because the tumor grows aggressively in the surrounding tissue, quickly forms metastases and is largely resistant to existing therapeutic approaches. In addition, the tumor is very diverse in molecular and phenotypic terms, so that the pancreatic carcinoma is divided into subtypes, but not all of them are known and little research has been done. The aim of the clinical research group “Characterization and targeting of genome dynamics for a subtype-specific therapy of pancreatic carcinoma” is to analyze further subtypes by examining the genome dynamics of the carcinoma and thus to contribute to the development of individualized therapies. (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Volker Ellenrieder, University of Göttingen; Head: PD Dr. Elisabeth Heßmann, University of Göttingen) So-called SLC26 anion transporters are responsible for the transport of anions through cell membranes and thus perform vital functions for the electrolyte and water balance of the organism out. Malfunctions of individual representatives of these transporters can cause serious diseases such as skeletal malformation, brain edema or deafness in humans. The research group “Integrative Analysis of Epithelial SLC26 Anion Transporters – from Molecular Structure to Pathophysiology” examines the still largely misunderstood functional principles of the transporters, their regulation and their role in cell and organ physiology. Until now, this was not possible because the researchers lacked the technical methods, in particular to determine the atomic molecular structure of the SLC proteins. (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dominik Oliver, University of Marburg) The research group “Being Catholic in the Federal Republic of Germany. Semantics, practices and emotions in West German society 1965–1989 / 90 “takes on a period of time that has long been researched by contemporary history, but little attention has been paid to church history apart from individual studies. What contribution has “being Catholic” made to the design of postmodernity since the Second Vatican Council and until German reunification? When answering this question, the researchers are not concerned with the internal history of a social milieu; rather, they examine the dynamics of religion and culture across society. How this process took place will be examined using semantics, practices and emotions in order to work out the interactions between the history of religion and society. (Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzem, University of Tübingen) The eight alliances extended for a second funding period (in alphabetical order of the universities of the speakers and with references to the project descriptions in the DFG Internet database GEPRIS for ongoing funding): The research group is funded jointly by the DFG and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Media contact:press and public Relations of the DFGTel. 49 228 885-2109presse@dfg.deAusführliche information, also the speakers of the consortia grant.Contact at the DFG head office:the research groups of the DFG:


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